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Divorce law blog

Don’t be scared of the MIAM!


25/01/2018   By: Andrew Moore
“MIAM” stands for mediation information assessment meeting. Contrary to its name, it’s an opportunity for those contemplating court action to learn about all of the non-court dispute resolution approaches, not just mediation, in a bid to avoid expensive and confrontational litigation which does little to support separating families.

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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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Are you ready for divorce or separation? It’s allegedly the time of year when many of us find out ...


22/01/2018   By: Alison Bull
You may be sure you want a divorce, or unhappy with your marriage and can’t see another way forward, or on the receiving end of this from your partner, and don’t believe there are any issues in your relationship, or can see that there are issues but don’t know what to do about them or are faced with a partner who is not motivated to do anything about them.

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When is a marriage not a marriage?


14/12/2017   By: Rosie Pearson
Where two people take part in a ceremony that purports to be a marriage that ceremony can give rise to a valid marriage, a voidable marriage (a flawed marriage that may be annulled by the court), a void marriage or a non-marriage. This blog post discusses the status of the last category within this list: non-marriages.

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Pensions on divorce - a ticking time bomb


10/11/2017   By: Nigel Shepherd
We all know that divorce is sadly part of modern life. Although the overall trend recently has been a reduction since a high in 2003/4, just over 40% of marriages still break down. This can have far-reaching financial consequences for couples, in particular when it comes to pensions.

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Divorce is back in the headlines again


20/10/2017   By: Nigel Shepherd
2017 really seems to have been the year of the divorce. Firstly, the gathering momentum behind Resolution’s “no fault” divorce campaign, then judgments in the divorce case of Mr and Mrs Owens and now new divorce statistics from the ONS showing that divorces are up 5.8% on 2015.

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Top Tips for filling out your Divorce Petition


02/10/2017   By: Eleanor Lowes
Filling out your divorce petition is the first stage in the divorce process which ends in obtaining your decree absolute, the final decree of divorce and your marriage being dissolved. It is important to ensure that your petition is filled out correctly as the court will reject applications where errors are made.

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I want a divorce but I am worried that my spouse lacks mental capacity, what can I do?


18/09/2017   By: Sophie Whitehead
If you have concerns about your spouse’s ability to understand and give consent during divorce proceedings, it is important to address this issue sooner rather than later. Any agreement that is reached with your spouse may later be deemed to be unenforceable if they did not have the required mental capacity to consent at the time that the agreement was reached.

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I’ve been told to attend a MIAM. What will happen?


18/08/2017   By: Sara Hanna
A Mediation Information and Assessment meeting (or MIAM) is a first meeting with a mediator that you must attend if you want to make an application to the court regarding either a financial or children issue. The session will be conducted by a Family Mediation Council accredited mediator and the aim of the meeting is to see if mediation can be used as a method for resolve your difficulties, rather than going directly to court. The mediator will be specially trained to assess whether mediation is right for you and your family.

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