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Divorce law blog

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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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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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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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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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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Keep it out of court: collaborative process in a nutshell


28/11/2013   By:
The collaborative process – sometimes called collaborative law – is another way of sorting out the issues that arise on separation or divorce – without going to Court. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of collaborative law?

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