Bishop & Sewell

It’s a terribly sad fact but the first working day of the year – 4 January in 2021 – is likely to see Family Law firms throughout the world busy with new client enquiries.

Historically the pressure of being cooped up with a partner over Christmas and New Year can cause the pressure cooker of a relationship to irrevocably blow and motivate one partner, or possibly both, to reach for the phone to book an appointment with a lawyer to initiate a divorce or end their relationship.

Another of the most frequently asked questions I get asked by clients is do ‘judges favour mothers as primary carers of the children?’ And the answer, sincerely, is no,  the court’s paramount consideration is the welfare of any child.

If a separating couple are able to put their differences aside, they will likely agree that they both want to do what is best for their child. If you are a parent going through a separation, it is important to know the factors the court will take into account when assisting parents who cannot agree on the arrangements for their children. The court can ultimately decide with whom the child should live and how much time the children should spend with either parent.

However, long before the complexities of going to court we always discuss with clients the alternative solutions there are to legally separating. Going to Court can be expensive. Separation invokes a variety of painful emotions which in turn angry can also cloud judgements.

Wherever possible, we seek to resolve cases outside of the Court process, but if Court is unavoidable, we will robustly act in your best interests.

Mediation and collaborative law solutions work for many clients.

It is also our advice to find a solicitor who is right for you. You can find out a little more about our Family team here.

You may also find these articles helpful. We’ll be ready to talk to you, when you call or email.

Welcome to 2021. And good luck.

Our Family lawyers have the knowledge and experience to guide you through these challenging times and have rankings in both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 for their expertise.

If you are affected by similar issues or would like to have a related discussion in confidence, please call me on 020 7091 2869 or email

The above is accurate as at 04 January 2021. The information above may be subject to change during these ever-changing times.

The content of this note should not be considered legal advice and each matter should be considered on a case by case basis.

Category: News | Date: 31st Dec 2020

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