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Divorce law blog

12 top facts to help cut through common divorce myths and risks


21/12/2012   By: Anna Heenan
The twelve days of Christmas are almost upon us and, just to be different, I thought I’d treat you to twelve key facts about family law. Sadly it isn’t chocolate (or even a mince pie) but hopefully these facts will be a helpful starting point to clearing up some of the more common myths and misunderstandings about divorce and family law.

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No-fault divorce – it's time to end the blame game


29/10/2012   By: Nigel Shepherd
If you and your spouse have both agreed it’s best to move ahead with a divorce in a mature way, without pointing fingers, you’ll probably be surprised to find that the current law doesn’t really support a blame-free divorce. It has to be somebody’s fault … doesn’t it?

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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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Mills & Reeve offering fixed fee family arbitration in October to raise awareness of the benefits for resolving divorce disputes


08/10/2012   By: Nigel Shepherd
Family arbitration is quicker, more flexible, more confidential and cost-effective than going through the courts to sort out financial issues in a divorce. Yet many people are still unaware of how helpful an approach it can be. So, to promote its benefits in resolving financial family disputes, we’re offering arbitration for a fixed fee during the month of October.

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Family Dispute Resolution Week


24/09/2012   By: Katherine Kennedy
Today marks the start of Family Dispute Resolution week, which is being held to raise awareness to the alternatives available to couples going through family breakdown.

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Cuts on public funding - the impact on the family courts


13/07/2012   By: Andrew Moore
The Government is introducing wide-ranging cuts to public funding (legal aid) from 1 April 2013. The majority of cases that were eligible for public funding may not be eligible next year. The effect will be an increase in people representing themselves at court due to an inability to pay legal fees.

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Researchers looking for participants for study on resolving divorce outside court


09/07/2012   By: Alison Bull
A group of independent researchers at the University of Exeter and the University of Kent is conducting a study on out-of-court divorce and separation resolution and looking for people to help with the research.

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Excluding your ex-partner from your home


06/06/2012   By: Andrew Moore
The Court of Appeal, the second highest family court in the country, recently heard a father’s appeal to his exclusion from the family home by way of an Occupation Order (The case of Re L (Occupation Order) 2012).

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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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A cautionary tale for cohabiting couples


23/01/2012   By: Katherine Kennedy
The long running saga of Kernott and Jones finally came to an end in November 2011, after some three years of litigation, appearances before 4 levels of courts and the opinions, indeed Judgements, of some 10 Judges, from the original trial judge at Southend on Sea county court to Judges sitting in the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court.

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