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Divorce law blog

…a cautionary tale


22/04/2015   By:
Multi-millionaire Dale Vince, wind-farm entrepreneur and founder of Ecotricity, has failed in his attempt to strike out his former wife’s financial claims which come more than 20 years after their divorce. The decision of the Supreme Court last month means that his former wife, Kathleen Wyatt, has a green light to pursue her claim for a lump sum against Mr Vince. She also has the benefit of a costs funding order which requires Mr Vince to pay a total of £125,000 to enable Ms Wyatt to pay for legal advice and representation.

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Impact of separation/divorce on work


27/11/2014   By:
Coming to terms with the breakdown of a relationship is a difficult and emotional time for anyone. The impact that the divorce or separation process has on your personal life can also affect you in the workplace. Your relationships with colleagues can suffer as can your ability to focus on the job. Research commissioned by Resolution, the national organisation of family lawyers dedicated to promoting a non-confrontational, constructive approach to resolving family disputes, shows that one in ten people have had to leave their job after a separation or worked with a colleague who has had to leave for that reason. The process can also take its toll on your health and lead to periods of absence. 16% of the people surveyed said either they or a colleague has had to take sick leave as a direct result of the breakdown of a relationship. If you hold a senior position in your organisation, this can cause disruption and may have an effect on morale within your team. You may become more reliant on colleagues for emotional support and reassurance and this may in turn impact on their productivity. 15% of those surveyed identified divorce as having a negative impact on productivity in their workplace and 34% said that more needed to be done by employers to provide additional support.

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What is a MIAM?


25/11/2014   By: Jane Booth
“MIAM” stands for Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting. It is a meeting where a mediator will provide you with information on mediation and other ways to resolve the issues arising from your separation or divorce. The mediator will discuss with you whether mediation or another form of family dispute resolution is suitable for you given your particular circumstances. The focus is on trying to keep things out of court.

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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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Keep it out of court: mediation in a nutshell


27/11/2013   By:
Mediation is a process that helps couples resolve their issues after they have decided to separate. It is not about the relationship or how to put the relationship back together. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of mediation?

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Family law mediation – the way forward for cost effective solutions to family disputes


21/11/2013   By: Alison Bull
With National Family Dispute Resolution Week (25 – 29 November 2013) highlighting the alternatives to court, I thought it would be a great opportunity to take a look at how another dispute resolution option is changing what divorcing couples can and should expect from their family solicitors.

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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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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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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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Direct consultation with children in mediation


05/01/2012   By: Alison Bull
Alison Bull recently qualified to provide direct consultation with children in mediation, adding to the array of services Mills & Reeve's dedicated family lawyers can provide their clients. Very few mediators currently hold the qualification.

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