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Divorce law blog

Do lawyers and mediation mix? How you can use a lawyer during your mediation


12/10/2018   By: Andrew Moore
There is a misconception that you need to choose between mediation or instructing a solicitor. In reality, mediators and solicitors are not in competition. In fact, you are likely to get the best result for you and your family if you use both together as each has their own specific skills they will be able to use to help you reach an agreement with your ex.

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What about my child’s views – are they taken into account in mediation?


10/10/2018   By: Hannah Wilson
One of the many advantages of mediation is that it gives you the flexibility, time and space to discuss your child, future arrangements for them, and any difficulties they might be experiencing. This could range from where they go to school, to how they share their time between their parents, to whether they attend their classmates birthday parties, and who buys the birthday presents. You can set your own agenda in mediation, and discuss anything that is relevant to your child and your role as parents.

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Using iMA in mediation: are you spontaneous, controlling, cautious or precise?


09/10/2018   By: Alison Bull
It’s incredibly helpful to know what someone’s communication style is. And here at Mills & Reeve that’s exactly what we can help identify using an online questionnaire called iMA.

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My name is Andrew and I’m a family mediator


08/10/2018   By: Andrew Moore
Following almost a decade practicing as a family solicitor, I chose to train as a mediator. Why? At the time it seemed to be a sensible next step in my career; on a superficial level it would be another service, along with collaborative law, I could offer my clients in a bid to avoid a broken court system. There was however much more to the decision.

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What makes a relationship last?


06/08/2018   By: Anna Kaznowska
As family lawyers we see the consequences of relationships breaking down. However, partner Alison Bull has recently been involved in some fascinating research looking at the critical questions couples should ask themselves before embarking on a serious relationship.

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Owens v Owens – what does it mean for you?


27/07/2018   By: Nicola Rowlings
Owens is a rare and unusual case where three courts have now decided that a wife did not sufficiently prove that she could not reasonably be expected to live with her former husband because of his behaviour and have declined to grant her the divorce she is seeking.

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DivorceHotel – what’s it all about?


22/05/2018   By: Alison Bull
Let’s be honest, it doesn’t sound like the most joyous of places to take a relaxing holiday, does it? “What are you doing this weekend?” “Oh, I’m just taking a short break at the DivorceHotel.” You can imagine the response.

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What is a forum race? And why does my ex want to win it?


22/03/2018   By: Eleanor Lowes
As the world becomes ever smaller, it is far from uncommon for a separating couple to realise that more than one country may be able to deal with their divorce. However, different countries approach the financial arrangements on divorce in very different ways. Procedures also vary from country to country, particularly in relation to the disclosure of financial information. This means that a couple with the same financial resources could end up with very different financial arrangements if their divorce is dealt with in England than if it were dealt with, for example, in France or one of the US states. London is often described as the “divorce capital of the world” because the English courts tend to be more generous than other countries towards the financially weak.

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Why is it being recommended that Muslim couples should have both religious and civil marriage ceremonies?


07/02/2018   By: Sara Hanna
Last week, the Home Office published an independent review of how sharia law was being applied in England and Wales. The review recommends that Muslim couples must undergo a civil marriage alongside a religious ceremony in order to give the couple (but in particular, wives) increased legal protection.

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Taking back control of separation with mediation


26/01/2018   By: Tim Whitney
There are many different emotions that accompany separation or divorce. One of the most common is the fear of uncertainty and the inevitable loss of control that comes with the breakdown of a relationship and the involvement of lawyers, judges and court proceedings.

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