* Bank of Mum and Dad     There have been reports in the news this week quoting Legal & General’s research, suggesting a growing trend for parents to lend money from their savings or pensions to help young people get on the property ladder. Apparently, the Bank of Mum and Dad (or ‘BOMAD’) is…

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Harbour Family Law has been short-listed for a Bristol Life Award 2017, in the ‘Legal and Financial’ category. Please see www.bristollifeawards.co.uk/finalists/ for all the details. Many other finalists in this category are all well-established large firms, so HFL are in fantastic company! The Awards will be announced on the…

  Research tells us that children of divorced parents may be affected by a higher than average incidence of depression and mood disorders, and also achieve less academic success than their peers from intact families. Attachment theory shows us that a child can develop strong, secure bonds with both parents from an early age, which…

Planning to live with a partner for the first time is exciting, and sometimes a little bit nerve-wracking. It involves more than simply moving your belongings into a new home – there are practical and legal issues which you need to think about, to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.   Many…

Once you are sure the marriage is over, do not delay in dealing with the difficult issues.   If you leave sorting out your divorce until years after your separation, it is always more difficult to unpick the historical finances and other issues and therefore it is more expensive.   Try mediation or Collaboration  …

As family lawyers, we often see clients who want to keep things as amicable as possible – particularly when there are children involved. Unfortunately, sometimes this proves impossible and conflict builds between the parties. This has the unfortunate effect of putting much more stress on both the separating couple and the children, increasing the cost…