22 April, 2014

I read in the Times this week about a recent case in which a father, who had not had contact with his two children for some time, was told by the judge not to write his emails in capitals as the children equated it to him shouting at them.

Shouty emails, shouty blog posts, shouty texts…I find they are a common feature of post-separation communication. Losing contact with children must be one of the most frustrating things in life and I represent parents on both sides of that fence. However, I agree with the judge. It always looks negative to both children and the judge if the court becomes involved. Better communication techniques are available and really should be used.

One of the key roles that lawyers can play in the divorce and separation process is to help their clients to communicate more effectively and with less animosity.