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Divorce law blog

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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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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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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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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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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