Introduction from Gillian Bishop

Welcome to The FLiPSide.

As 2017 draws to a close we welcome The Times Campaign: Family Matters which calls for family legislation to be reviewed and modernised. In this edition of The FLiPSide director Daniel Coombes examines another bold initiative, this time by Cafcass, which promotes therapy to avoid the scourge of parental alienation. And consultant Felicity Shedden explains how Parenting Coordination can help families stuck in a high conflict situation. With Christmas on the doorstep, we also feature our top tips for managing the first Christmas after a divorce or separation.

And finally, we are proud to announce the publication of our new book "Towards the Light: A Way Through Divorce and Separation" by directors James Pirrie and Elizabeth Fletcher. You can download a copy of the book from our website and hard copies are available free of charge on request.

We hope that you enjoy this latest edition of The FLiPSide and we welcome your feedback.

With best wishes,
Gillian Bishop, Founder of Family Law in Partnership

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Parental Alienation and Parenting
Coordination in the Spotlight

In this article director Daniel Coombes examines the groundbreaking process being trialled by Cafcass by which divorcing parents could be denied contact with their children if they try to turn them against their former partner. So called "parental alienation" is estimated to be present in 11%-15% of divorces involving children.
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In the US and Canada, "parenting coordinators" are ordered and supervised by courts to help restore relationships between parents and children identified as alienated. In this article Family Law in Partnership consultant Felicity Shedden examines how parenting coordination can support families stuck in a high conflict situation.
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Top Tips for the first Christmas after Divorce or Separation


The first Christmas after a divorce or separation can be a difficult time for everyone concerned, particularly your children. Here is our Christmas list with tips to help you ensure that the holiday period is as harmonious as possible.
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Towards the Light: A Way Through Divorce and Separation

by James Pirrie and Elizabeth Fletcher

We are delighted to announce the publication of "Towards the Light: A Way Through Divorce and Separation". Written by directors James Pirrie and Elizabeth Fletcher of Family Law in Partnership this book seeks to answer the question posed by clients: "What, when I have reached the end of the process, are likely to be the key things I wish I'd known at the beginning?"

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Thought Leadership Talks


In September we hosted a thought leadership talk which examined "How Do Our Decisions Affect Others?" Our speakers were Maggie Semple OBE and Avi Shmueli, CPsychol, DCLIN who discussed the impact of decisions in both our personal and professional lives.
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Our next thought leadership talk will take place on 30th January 2018 and will look at how to help adult children through divorce. Much has been written about this and we will welcome Christina McGhee, an internationally recognised divorce coach, speaker and author to give her view of the latest thinking.
You might also want to take a look at our recent blog "Support for Older Children when Parents Divorce"
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FLiP Faculty presents...

FLiP Faculty are running a wide range of courses in 2018 targeted at professionals working in family law. The courses allow practitioners to develop and improve the way that they manage clients. They include sessions covering Parenting Coordination and on Handling Difficult People & Situations.
Training is delivered at 5 main locations across the UK (London, North East, North West, Midlands, South West). Prices include the provision of all training materials and lunches for the full day courses. If you would like further information on a specific course, please email FLiP Faculty at or call +44 (0) 330 1330 852.
For more information, take a look at the FLiP Faculty website.

Important Notice


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The DX number used by Family Law in Partnership has changed with immediate effect from DX 40012 Covent Garden to DX 40012 Kingsway. Please amend your records accordingly.






FLiP has been named Law Firm (Specialism) of the Year in The Legal 500 UK 2018 Awards.

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Bradley Williams

The December 2017 issue of Tatler Magazine features an article "Access Denied" which explores the super-rich parents who dodge their child support obligations. Family Law in Partnership director, Bradley Williams, is extensively quoted in the article, the full version of which can be viewed in December's issue of Tatler Magazine.


Gillian Bishop

FLiP founder & director Gillian Bishop was highly commended in The Law Society Excellence Awards 2017.

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Fantastic rankings for Family Law in Partnership and our talented team of lawyers and mediators in the recently published Legal 500 UK, Chambers HNW 2017 and Chambers UK 2018.

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