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At Barnes Clark Family Law, we offer up-to-date expertise and a service you can trust and rely on. We are specialists in our field and have extensive experience of all aspects of family law and divorce.

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Divorce & Separation

We offer up-to-date legal expertise and a Divorce & Separation service you can both trust and rely on.

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Mediation

Mediation helps you make decisions without spending months locked into costly litigation proceedings. 

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Financial & Property

For any couple faced with separation, finances will be a difficult and hotly contested area of discussion.

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As the restrictions ease and we emerge from the pandemic, perhaps now is the time to address the issues with your ex-partner to help your children move you and experience good times with both parents. @BarnesClarkLaw https://buff.ly/3ewWlGg

Tips to help come to an agreement on holiday arrangements! https://www.linkedin.com/posts/barnes-clark-family-law_deciding-contact-arrangements-for-children-activity-6792743439734734848-XSwx

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🚨Divorce Myths🚨There are a number of misconceptions surrounding divorce. Below are a number of ‘divorce myths’ we have come across.Adultery following separationIf you enter into a new relationship whilst still married to your former spouse, you are technically committing adultery. However, it can be argued at this point, that the adultery is not the cause of the breakdown of your marriage. It is not possible to rely upon the fact of adultery if you have cohabited with your spouse for a period of 6 months since you became aware of the adultery having taken place.Common law Husband / WifeWhere couples are not married but have lived together for a number of years, it is a common belief that the law will treat them as husband and wife. This is not true and matters are dealt with very differently.Quickie divorcesThere is no such thing as a quickie divorce, except possibly in very exceptional circumstances. The timescale for divorce, regardless of which ground is relied upon, is 6-9 months, if undefended.My divorce has been finalised and so everything is overIt is often the case that a solicitor will advise not to obtain the Decree Absolute (legally ending your marriage)until financial issues are resolved and this by way of a court order. If the court do not make a final order which dismisses any future financial claims, it is possible that an application may be made in the future for a financial provision order.At Barnes Clark Family Law, our solicitors specialise only in dealing with family law legal issues arising from the breakdown of your relationship. We offer up-to-date legal expertise and a Divorce & Separation service you can both trust and rely on.For further information, or to arrange an appointment please contact us on 01274 861096 (Liversedge) or 01423 637272 (Harrogate) or email enquiries@barnesclarkfamily.law. Please note that we offer a free half an hour consultation. ... See MoreSee Less
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Deciding contact arrangements for children during the holidays is a challenge for all parents and can throw up all sorts of additional difficulties for separated and divorced parents. We are huge advocates of putting children first in all decision making and this is particularly important when planning for school holidays. We have put together five tips on how to deal with some of the emotional and practical issues that might arise.Focus on the family as a whole.Holidays have the potential to create extra tension between parents, whether that’s because your ex-spouse is planning to take the kids on a holiday of a lifetime that you could never afford or seems reluctant to share vacation care at all. If the children are going away with your ex for a week or two, try to see it as an opportunity to enjoy some ‘me time’. If you are struggling to cope with childcare over the school holidays, the first step should be to try and arrange to sit down and have a chat as a family to work something out. If this isn’t possible, it may be helpful to consider mediation to try and find a compromise.Do some forward planning.Children like certainty, so if you can plan ahead for the year it will make life simpler for the whole family. As soon as schools provide the dates of holidays for the next academic year, you can start to plan where children will spend their time. Any disagreement over dates and plans can be anticipated and dealt with in advance and won’t result in trips being cancelled at the last minute.Talk to each other.A lot of the conflict is caused when a parent books a trip abroad with their children without letting the other parent know in advance. Taking children out of the country without the other parent’s consent can cause legal problems as well as arguments in the family. It is important to share as much information as possible with each other.Give children a say.It’s easy for adults to make all the decisions without stopping to find out if their children are happy with things. You might discover that they have plans themselves, such as taking part in team and sports activities, visiting family or going on holiday with friends. If grandparents are involved in childcare it can be helpful to include them in your discussions too.Learn to let go.One of the hardest things for any parent is letting go of control. Young children need a parent to organise every element of their lives, take them to parties and plan all their activities and care. As children get older, they can be encouraged to do more for themselves and this is something that applies to all families, not just those that have gone through separation or divorce. Separated parents have the added complication of relinquishing some control to the other parent and it can help to see this as part of a process that will result in your children one day being fully independent adults.Remember – good co-parenting means putting your children’s needs first and making sure your own feelings of anger and resentment don’t stand in the way of their relationship with both their parents. If you really are struggling to make amicable arrangements or feel your children are suffering because of conflict between their parents, we offer both family mediation and child inclusive mediation. Child inclusive mediation gives children and young people a safe space to share their feelings in confidence and can help families move forward together in a way that makes children feel supported. ... See MoreSee Less
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A lovely delivery for Sally this week from a client. A thank you for all her help and advice on their matter. 💐🍫We hope everyone has a lovely weekend! ... See MoreSee Less
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