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Divorce law blog

Dispute Resolution Week - what is it all about?


25/11/2015   By: Edward Heaton
With Resolution’s annual Family Dispute Resolution Week well underway and events taking place across the country to raise awareness of Dispute Resolution, it is perhaps time to pause and revisit the basics. With the strap line “There is a better way to separate”, what is it actually all about?

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Listening to your children ..... #children first


24/11/2015   By: Alison Bull
Most parents who separate are worried about how their children will cope. You may feel very guilty that you haven’t been able to stop your relationship breaking up. Whatever the reason for the break up, and even though in the long-term it maybe the right thing for the family, its very likely that your children will not want it to happen.

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Press conference with Sir James Munby: Divorce by consent, mediation and everything in-between


06/05/2014   By: Sebastian Allen
In a wide ranging press meeting, Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, shared his views on divorce, cohabitation, litigants in person, transparency in hearings, inquisitorial judges, mediation and, well, everything else.

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Keep it out of court: mediation in a nutshell


27/11/2013   By: Roger Bamber
Mediation is a process that helps couples resolve their issues after they have decided to separate. It is not about the relationship or how to put the relationship back together. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of mediation?

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Family law mediation – the way forward for cost effective solutions to family disputes


21/11/2013   By: Alison Bull
With National Family Dispute Resolution Week (25 – 29 November 2013) highlighting the alternatives to court, I thought it would be a great opportunity to take a look at how another dispute resolution option is changing what divorcing couples can and should expect from their family solicitors.

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Why family mediation is definitely not a waste of your time


26/10/2012   By: Alison Bull
The Government has recently set out to push family mediation to the forefront of the divorce process, ensuring that all divorcing couples are aware of this option for dealing with disputes. But there are those who will say everyone is wasting their time with mediation. For once, I agree wholeheartedly with the Government: family mediation is definitely not a waste of your time and here’s why.

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Family lawyers should not always get a bad press


23/03/2012   By: Katherine Kennedy
Family law has changed over recent years and, while there may still be “Rottweiler” divorce lawyers out there, there is a clear – and welcome – cultural shift towards a much more holistic approach to family breakdown.

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Direct consultation with children in mediation


05/01/2012   By: Alison Bull
Alison Bull recently qualified to provide direct consultation with children in mediation, adding to the array of services Mills & Reeve's dedicated family lawyers can provide their clients. Very few mediators currently hold the qualification.

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Justice Minister confirms the Government is “taking one step at a time” on compulsory mediation


24/02/2011   By: Sue Brookes
Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly appeared on Radio 4 yesterday to discuss the mediation pre-action protocol, which has been formally announced by the government this week. 

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New pre-action protocol for mediation meetings launched


23/02/2011   By: Roger Bamber
Nigel Shepherd of Mills & Reeve LLP appears on BBC 5 Live to comment on the Government's launch of the new pre-action protocol for mediation assessment and information meetings.

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