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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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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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How WILL I protect my assets?


06/04/2017   By: Caitlin Jenkins
“I have been cohabiting with my partner for years. We have no wills but surely they’ll inherit everything on my death?” What happens when one cohabitee dies? Our research revealed that 44 per cent of the cohabiting couples surveyed had not made a will. It is important to know what difference having a will makes because, unlike married couples, cohabiting couples have no right to inherit from each other under the intestacy rules.

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Safe as houses? The unmarried couple and the family home


05/04/2017   By: Nick Stone
“We’ve lived together as common-law spouses, do I have rights over my home now we’re separating?” Not necessarily. As shown by our recent survey, many people believe that unmarried couples who live together for a number of years have the same rights to property and financial support on separation as married couples. But there is no such thing as a common law marriage and the laws applied to divide a cohabiting couple’s property are very different from the laws used to divide a married couple’s assets.

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Myth of the common law marriage leaves cohabitees vulnerable, a new survey reveals


04/04/2017   By: Alison Bull
A recent YouGov survey commissioned by us here at Mills & Reeve highlights that many people who are unmarried but live with their partners do not fully understand their legal positions and have no idea what rights they would have if they were to separate in due course.

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Can an opposite sex couple enter into a civil partnership?


14/03/2017   By: Emma Noble
The Court of Appeal recently decided that, no, opposite sex couples cannot enter into a civil partnership. However, the judgment was far from clear cut and the decision adds to the growing pressure on the government to reform the law for unmarried couples on separation.

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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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