The internet has enabled people to conduct their own pre-divorce research: a mixed blessing, believes Richard Collins. ‘People will come in and tell you 20 points and three of them are relevant from a legal point of view,’ he says. It can all lead to a ‘terrible mess. People cross-examining partners — that’s madness, isn’t it?’ Collins advises on all aspects of family law, including divorce, separation agreements and financial matters. He advises cohabiting couples and civil partners, and is experienced in relocation cases and claims against offshore trusts. He also has niche knowledge of pet custody issues, which is important as some relationship breakdowns hinge ‘more on the pet than on the money.