Of course we need a common sense approach to term-time holidays. The Local Government Association has called for a common sense approach to be applied to parents in England taking children out of school for holidays. It was two years ago that Michael Gove introduced strict new rules on term-time holidays to crack down on […]
Does a parent need permission to relocate with a child? Your rights to relocate with a child on separation...
It’s a funny thing, I think, when the chap you lived with for twenty-one years, had two children with and who was once your closest companion, can stalk past you venomously, without a word. So another busy, less than average week, punctuated with my sister’s wedding in sight of Wembley Stadium, me holding the bouquet […]
The ramifications of a marriage breakdown can be costly both financially and emotionally. Here are the facts...
We talk to successful career women. We seek the views of successful career women on life, work, family and everything! This month we talk to Jane Porter, a highly successful family lawyer who runs the family law department at Lester Aldridge. Lester Aldridge LLP is a nationally recognised law firm with offices in London, Bournemouth […]
Domestic bliss: or a case of might-as-well-do-it-myself? In our house, we have certain roles to fulfil to preserve domestic bliss. I do all the liaising with school, paying bills, laundry, shopping, cooking and cleaning, except for cleaning my husband’s bathroom. My husband’s jobs include cleaning said bathroom and his office/studio, lawn mowing, anything involving going […]
The new child arrangements orders explained...
Dee Montague offers a moving insight into her visit to see her brother in the Chapel of Rest. I’ve been thinking long and hard about whether it’s wise to document this. Whether I actually click the ‘publish’ link after writing it, I haven’t yet decided. I’m not sure if it will be helpful to anyone, or […]
A short story about the loneliness of motherhood by Jo Cocco.
I was hugely daunted about becoming a mother, spending nine months of pregnancy freaking out that as soon as Albert came into the world I would become a frumpy mother with sick on my shoulder and only nappies and bottles on my mind. Though I had always felt maternal and knew lots of happiness lay […]
Garden writer and columnist Francine Raymond describes her journey from a much-loved family home of thirty years to a new house by the sea, charting her progress as she starts life again from scratch. In the general scheme of things, one person’s move from their family house of thirty years to a new life is […]
Here is a big admission – growing Snapdragon from a one-person, kitchen-table kind of business to a limited company with a studio workshop and a team of five has not been a walk in the park. Despite the sunny rural photographs of us in various glossy magazines over the years, there was no magic wand. […]
It’s a sorry sight in any office, the harried working mother, eyes bright with lack of sleep, a spot of sick on her shoulder, mobile phone at the twitch. Instead of throwing herself into her work she must play it like a game of Whack-a-mole, delivering the marketing brief before the forgotten PE kit, dialling […]
My friend Marjorie and I were reminiscing about our life in Iran. In the 1950s we’d both married Iranians who’d been studying in England, and spent the next twenty-five years in the oil-producing area of Khuzestan. We first lived in Bandar-e-Mahshur, the oil terminal port on the Persian Gulf, surrounded on its landward side by […]
When I tell people I’m a home educator, one of two things usually happens. Either the horrified person steps back with an audible gasp, or they ask conspiratorially whether it’s legal and look around as if expecting Michael Gove to jump out ready to drag me off to prison. The latter doesn’t bother me. In […]