A Welcome

I am a single mother who has gone through the divorce process in the UK and the author of Researching Reform. I also have a legal  background which gave me a slightly unusual insight into the divorce process and allowed me to see the system in all its glory (or lack of it).

My journey into family law and the court process started in 2005, when my family and I found ourselves inside the family courts as we went through our own divorce. Two years later, we resurfaced from the  system, dazed and drained both financially and emotionally. Despite having trained as a barrister, I still could not make sense of what was happening at the time and why.

It was during that time that I began to focus on the family courts’ structure and procedure, constantly looking to find some stability or inkling of what would happen next. That search for stability inside the system turned into an obsession and like every all-consuming passion, I set about trying to find life in our law.

The result was Researching Reform, or Divorce Manual as it was called back then in 2007. I decided to start a blog because the system had a profound effect on my family and caused us all unnecessary and wholly avoidable anxiety. So I write about the family justice system’s flaws and in seeking out and exposing those flaws, I also try to find solutions. And all the while the welfare of the child is central to everything Researching Reform does.

 When I’m not making mischief as an editor, I’m a campaign manager and consultant for individuals and organisations, and advised on and produced events for the former All Party Parliamentary Group on Family Law and The Court of Protection. I do pro bono work for both mothers and fathers, collaborate with charities and child welfare organisations and organise events on family law and the justice system.

I hope you find this site interesting and that it opens up debate on issues that matter and ultimately, offers positive, pragmatic solutions to the current problems by bridging the gap between grass roots and government.

If you have a question and want to get in touch, or are interested in getting involved,  please e-mail me at contactnphillips[at]@gmail.com.

For a more complete profile, please visit: LinkedIn,  Justia or JD Supra.

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19 thoughts on “A Welcome”

  1. Where are these petitions Natasha.
    Kind regards Alison PAIN.

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  2. Natasha

    Good luck with the podcasts. There’s some good stuff here. I shall continue listening.

    best wishes

    John

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  3. http://daveyonefamilylawman.blogspot.com/ you have now been installed ( painlessly I hope ) onto one of my blogs I hope you approve! Davey

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  4. Top class effort,you are linked to our page https://www.facebook.com/MADUNITED

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  5. MealtimeStrategy said:

    I’m currently going through the divorce process myself, though I imagine us having no kids and having been separated a few years makes things much “easier” (relatively!) so it’s interesting to learn a little background to you and your work!
    People’s stories of why they do what they do somehow help put more of an identity to their online voices 🙂

    Will have myself a good read through the other posts here over the weekend!

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    • Hi MTS, I hope it all goes as smoothly as possible. I have to confess that I didn’t intend to make this my work as such, it all started with a manual I wrote, which I didn’t realise people could read (it was online, DOH). But over time I found that it gave me the opportunity to write about my passion which is children, so there you have it, the world moves in mysterious ways! Thanks for coming over and reading/ chatting, you guys make the blog what it is.

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  6. Does any one have a contact email for Natasha please?

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  7. Deborah Mahmoudieh (@veganicvibez) said:

    HI all, many thanks for your dedicated research and support for children. [content removed]. The time for action is now and the PEN is mightier than the sword:[content removed]

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    • Hi Deborah, thank you for your thoughts. We apologise for editing your comment, however the video details the names of some of the children involved and as this site is protective of children’s details being made public unless they waive their right to anonymity directly with us, we won’t publish content that shares this kind of information. We are aware of the Hampstead case and agree there are anomalies. It is a concerning case. Thank you for taking the time to visit the site and good luck with your research.

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  8. Hi. I sent you an e-mail, but it came back as wrong address. Could you send me your latest one please.

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