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Divorce law blog

What is parental alienation?


04/06/2019   By: Claire Molyneux
To coincide with International Parental Alienation Day (25 April 2019), the charity Families Need Fathers has petitioned the government seeking to make parental alienation a criminal offence. But what is parental alienation and should it be made a crime?

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Working together to ensure children use the internet and social media safely


22/05/2019   By: Hannah Wilson
Increasingly, there is a huge amount of research about the impact of social media on children. For example, the House of Commons published a report in January 2019 about the impact of social media and screen use on young peoples’ health.

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I know my ex and I arguing is upsetting our children. What can I do?


30/11/2018   By: Claudia Gilham
here are very few separations between parents that are entirely argument or conflict free. Moving from a family in which two parents live together, then deciding to separate and ultimately moving on independently from each other whilst continuing to co-parent effectively and support your children takes time, commitment and a willingness to work together. Here are my five top suggestions for working through this difficult time.

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Resolution Good Divorce Week 2018


27/11/2018   By: Amy Starnes
This week is Resolution’s annual Good Divorce Week. This year the focus is on how separating parents can improve their communication in order to minimise the impact of conflict on their children.

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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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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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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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Is January really the time of year when most people divorce or separate?


24/01/2018   By: Alison Bull
Every January the press run stories about “D(ivorce) Day” when supposedly, as soon as the New Year starts, many of the population action their New Year’s resolution to end a current relationship. But is it true that the numbers are so much higher in January?

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Manchester Family Court launches new initiative putting children front of mind in proceedings


23/01/2018   By: Alison Bull
Launching during Family Mediation Week, Manchester Family Court has introduced a new pilot scheme that encourages separating parents to sort out their disagreements outside of the courtroom. The main driver of the new scheme is to help children caught up in disputes.

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