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Some Things in Life are Guaranteed to be Satisfying

Some things in life are guaranteed to be satisfying, like having some down-time after a hard week, taking off high heels at the end of the day, getting into a freshly made bed and receiving good service. ‘Client satisfaction’ is a term frequently used as a measure of how products and services supplied by a… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Why should I bother with Mediation when I can just apply for a Court Order?

This is a question I am commonly asked by clients as a Solicitor. Being a Mediator as well, I am conscious that Mediation can offer separating couples a platform to ‘iron out’ their differences in a straight forward and direct way, with the assistance of an independent third party (the Mediator).  There is no need… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

What “rights” do I have as a grandparent in relation to spending time with my grandchildren?

It is recognised by the Courts in England and Wales that Grandparents play a significant role in the lives of their grandchildren and that this can be at risk when families separate. Unfortunately, under the laws of England and Wales, Grandparents do not have automatic rights to spend time with their grandchildren and unless an… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Fake news – coming up trumps

It has been hard to overlook the latest surfacing of so called ‘fake news’ stories on our newsfeeds. Very recently the 2016 US presidential election campaign brought this to light. A recent study by Stanford University suggested that during the election campaign, up to 62% of US adult citizens received their news through social media… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

National Mediation Week – How might mediation work for you?

When a relationship breaks down, people often find it difficult to communicate and talk to their spouse to try and decide how best to move forward. This can include arrangements in respect of children, cohabitation and the division of matrimonial assets. Emotions are often running high and it is difficult to know how best to… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Dispute Resolution Week 23-27 November 2015 – the rise of the Parenting Charter

We’ve all heard the line that parenting doesn’t come with instructions, and unfortunately no handbook either.  Parenting in a secure way can prove tricky enough on its own but even more so with the added complication and pressure of either relationship break-up, or disputes with your child’s other parent. Resolution has prepared the Parenting Charter… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Family Mediation on the up

Recent figures published by the Ministry of Justice have shown an increase in the last quarter in the start of Mediation matters. This news has been a long-time coming for many Family Mediators, and is not unexpected. Family Mediation offers a fully flexible legal service which can be customised and tailored to the needs of… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The impact of “revenge porn” within family law proceedings

Under the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 it is now an offence to disclose private sexual photographs and films without the consent of the individual who appears in them and with the intent to cause that individual distress. The offence applies both online and offline and to images which are shared electronically or in… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Could your spouse really walk away with everything following a divorce?

The answer to that is yes following a recent Court decision, however the case in question was exceptional and there are steps you can take to avoid such an outcome. In the case in question the husband has been ordered to hand over 100% of his fortune to his former wife. The husband in the… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The Modern Day Divorce

With recent landmark decisions being made concerning applications for financial remedy where a considerable amount of time has passed (Vince v Wyatt [2013] EWCA civ 495), and the potential knock on effect this might have in the future, the current case law has given me cause to consider the current issues within ‘divorce law’. As… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)