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Divorce law blog

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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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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My ex and I don’t agree on medical treatment for our child – What can I do?


03/07/2017   By: Sophie Whitehead
The law only requires one parent with parental responsibility to provide consent for medical treatment for a child. However, in practice, where parents both have parental responsibility but are in disagreement, a doctor is unlikely to want to go against one parent’s express wishes. So how can this situation be resolved?

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The kids are alright – financial support for separated unmarried couples


07/04/2017   By: Marc Saunderson
“We’ve lived together as common-law spouses, will my ex have to support me financially now that we’re separating?” There is a common misconception that couples who live together for a number of years obtain the same rights on separation as those who are married. In our survey, 26 per cent of those asked believed that unmarried couples who had been living together for more than a year had the same legal rights as married couples. For those cohabiting families that did have dependent children, the survey revealed that almost three-quarters of respondents (73 per cent) did not know what kind of support they would be entitled to for their children if they separated from their partner.

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Ending the Blame Game - No Fault Divorce Update


29/12/2015   By: Nigel Shepherd
In my blog back in 2012 I explained the surprise and frustration felt by many of my clients when I explained that in order to start divorce proceedings in England & Wales without waiting at least two years one of the couple has to use either adultery or unreasonable behaviour as the reason for the marriage breakdown.

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Dispute Resolution Week - what is it all about?


25/11/2015   By: Edward Heaton
With Resolution’s annual Family Dispute Resolution Week well underway and events taking place across the country to raise awareness of Dispute Resolution, it is perhaps time to pause and revisit the basics. With the strap line “There is a better way to separate”, what is it actually all about?

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Listening to your children ..... #children first


24/11/2015   By: Alison Bull
Most parents who separate are worried about how their children will cope. You may feel very guilty that you haven’t been able to stop your relationship breaking up. Whatever the reason for the break up, and even though in the long-term it maybe the right thing for the family, its very likely that your children will not want it to happen.

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Conscious Uncoupling - the new way to separate?


12/11/2015   By: Jane Booth
It was splashed all over the press headlines when Gwyneth Paltrow announced that she and Chris Martin were “consciously uncoupling”, but what does it actually mean and is there any merit in the approach?

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The future of Family Law: The art of thinking independently together


23/06/2015   By:
With cuts to Legal Aid and the court system, the face of family law is changing day by day and family lawyers at all levels need to rise to the challenge of adapting. Careful consideration needs to go into looking at new options for clients and the forward looking family lawyer must investigate fresh ways to provide the correct support for those facing relationship breakdown.

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