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National Mediation Week – How might mediation work for you?

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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

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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

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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

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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?

Absent dad or deadbeat father concept as a traffic sign with a mother and two children and a daddy icon breaking out abandoning and leaving the family to avoid child support after a relationship divorce or separation.

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

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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)

Compulsory mediation – finding a fair solution or a mere formality?

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On 26 September 2014, it was reported in the New Law Journal by Kirstie Gibson ‘Despite the government’s long professed love for mediation as a way to divert family disputes away from the courts, there has been a steep decline in public spending on mediation.’ Is this because people do not want to engage in… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

World cup relationship woes

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The World Cup is about to kick-off and unfortunately this is likely to mean a lot of arguments between couples will as well. Divorce lawyers often see a significant rise in people seeking a divorce during such events as the World Cup due to the strain the excitement and tension such events can cause, as… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Concerns over Bitcoin as a weapon of deceit in divorce

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Bitcoin’s relative anonymity means some spouses within divorce proceedings are choosing to use it as a medium of investment to try and avoid full disclosure of their assets. Within England and Wales spouses are under a duty to provide full financial disclosure when determining how matrimonial assets should be decided, however some spouses will go… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Sorting out arrangements for children after separation

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New legislation has been introduced to govern what should happen when parents who are separated can’t agree the arrangements for their children. The new law has been designed to assist families find safe and child focused agreements for their children that are reached swiftly. Before you can even consider making an application to the Court… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)