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  1. Midlife Divorce: How separated parents can support their children’s return to school

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    By Kate Banerjee, head of Jones Myers Children’s Department Many children and young people will no doubt be feeling apprehensive as they return to the classroom for the first time since March this year. However, the school environment and routine that used to be reassuring and familiar to them has changed dramatically as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. New measures implemented to help safeguard pupils’ well being include one way systems, different playground rules and staggering starting and finishing times. Secondary pupils in local lockdown areas will also have to wear face coverings in school corridors.  While looking forward to being reunited with their friends, children and teenagers will understandably feel anxious about the new rules, particularly those who are old enough to have seen...
  2. Midlife Divorce: When is the right time to divide assets on divorcing?

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    Article By Anna Sutcliffe, Jones Myers Senior Family Law Executive Deciding on crucial factors that will change your life forever is challenging at any time – particularly in today’s turbulent climate following the covid-19 pandemic. Physically separating is one thing – but when is the best time to divide your assets? Questions around your financial settlement are not resolved until a final order from the Court sets out your obligations and what you will keep. In most cases, it ends any claims you might have against each other. But what happens if your assets increase or decrease in value after you have separated but while you are still attempting to reach a settlement? Any decisions on “who gets what” will not be based on their value at the time...
  3. What About Me? Maintaining a relationship with your ex-boyfriend’s kids post-breakup

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    Article By Dani Alpert How did I feel when my boyfriend Julian and I broke up after nearly eight years and the fate of my relationships with his kids, Nicole and Tyler, unknown? It felt like I’d been fired, asked to pack up my belongings and leave the house key under the mat. For years, my identity had everything to do with Julian and the kids. I contorted, knotted, and sacrificed, investing my time and emotional energy into our relationships. And over time, I fell in love with them, only to see it all implode. I remember my first thought was, “What happens now? What happens to me and Nicole and Tyler? Could I still call myself the Girlfriend Mom? Was I the Ex-Girlfriend Mom?” The kids and I...
  4. A Single Parent’s Guide to Empty Nest Syndrome

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I had a friend who was a single parent, and found becoming an empty nester traumatic. It was the first time in her life that she had lived alone, having gone from living with her parents to getting married, and still having her son living with her following her divorce. The hardest part for her was having nobody to cook for or have meals with.  She hated eating alone and wasn’t motivated to cook just for herself. When with friends she was her happy, positive self – covering her unhappiness extremely well.  It was only when her sister (who saw her less frequently) visited and noticed her weight loss that she confessed to struggling with the reality of being an empty...
  5. How to Have Hard Conversations With Your Adult Children: Your boundaries matter

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    Article by Marie Miguel When your children grow up It’s easy to view your children as staying the same or always being “your baby,” but the reality is that our kids grow up into adults. The relationships between children and parents change. Having adult children can be complicated; you want to remember them as being dependant on you, but they’ve hopefully individuated from you and are living their own lives. Even if your children are still involved in your life, and you have grandkids, the dynamic has changed, and it’s important to remember that there will be difficult conversations that arise as you age. Having hard conversations Some conversations with your kids are lighthearted and fun, while others are hard. You and the dynamic your adult...
  6. Ways to prevent grandparents from being frozen out in 2020 when children divorce

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    Article by Peter Jones, founder, Jones Myers niche family law firm January can be a challenging month in many ways for parents who have undergone divorce or separation. It can also be an unhappy time for distressed grandparents who are being prevented from seeing their beloved grandchildren. Grandparents can be instrumental in sustaining their grandchildren’s critical routines both during and after divorce – as well as supporting their son or daughter practically and emotionally. Unfortunately, reasons including fractious and difficult relationships between their children and in laws/former partners can result in grandparents and other relatives being marginalised. Steps for grandparents to consider when children divorce If you are in this position, here are some steps to consider. We strongly advise only using the court route as a last resort. Negotiate some quality...
  7. Keeping elderly loved ones safe this winter

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    Winter can be a struggle for the elderly. The dip in temperature coupled with icy conditions can make it harder for them to keep warm and stay safe outdoors and in their homes. To help grandparents, friends, and neighbours to stay safe, we’ve listed a few tips on how you can ensure they are warm, comfortable and free from injuries and illnesses this winter. Dress for warmth The elderly are at a greater risk of developing hyperthermia in the winter because of the drop in temperature. If you’re visiting grandparents, or elderly neighbours and friends, check to see if they have enough warm layers to wear and plenty of blankets, and ensure that their home is heated properly and is warm enough. Age UK recommends they keep...
  8. 3 Ways To Care For The Health Of Your Elderly Parents

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    It’s tough seeing our parents grow old, as it’s a bitter reminder that they won’t be around forever. And it’s hard watching them struggle, as with old age comes a variety of health problems that might require medical care and daily intervention. Still, there is much you can do to support them, and we will detail some of the steps that you can take below. By following our suggestions, you might actually improve both their health and their lives, and this is good news for both you and them. 1: Stay in regular contact with your parents Sure, you live a busy life, and you might have children of your own to look after. But never be too busy for your parents. By staying in touch with...
  9. Crime writer Julie D Jones talks about working with her husband

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    Article by Julie D. Jones Working with a partner is not always a walk in the park! When you get two strong personalities working together there are times when you inevitably disagree and need a strategy to work out your differences. As a crime writer, married to an experienced forensic expert, it was only natural for me to seek advice and detailed information from my husband. With a background in nursing it helps that we have a lot of things in common; we can discuss certain drugs/medications and the effects on the body, also from seeing gunshot wounds we can discuss the carnage created from firearms and the types of guns used in shootings. From time to time Terry and I disagree with scenes in my books. We try to...
  10. Ways to prevent empty nest syndrome being a key factor in divorce

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    By Peter Jones, founder of Jones Myers family law specialist  As anxious and excited students leave home for the first time to embark on the next stage of their life at college or university, their departure also marks a new chapter for their parents. For many ‘empty nesters’, this is the beginning of their lives without children in the house. It can also bring to the surface long suppressed irritations and tensions that have bubbled under the surface, but whose impact may have been lessened by the demands of children and busy lives. Two decades of hectic work and child care schedules can result in parents losing touch with each other and becoming different people to the couple who tied the knot. In today’s climate...
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