January 2017 Archive

Alternatives to family mediation

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Mediation has become a favoured approach for couples to resolve disputes which arise on separation. However, not every case is suitable for mediation, but this does not mean that in those situations the couple have no alternative than to look to formal proceedings in the Family Court for a remedy. More …

Busting common mediation myths

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Although mediation can enable couples to separate in a less antagonistic way, many people still have misconceptions about what the technique involves, leading them to dismiss it as a valid method of separation. More …

Children – ensuring their voices are heard in mediation

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Keeping your children at the centre of mediation discussions can ensure all parties stay focused on what matters – the children. Blake Morgan looks at a case where mediation turned around a relationship and helped the client to finally come to an arrangement for how their children should be cared for. More …

Co-mediation: dual support from a lawyer and family consultant

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Divorcing couples frequently need support through their separation and many turn to friends, family and their GP. In the mediation process itself a family consultant can be brought in as a co-mediator to help with emotional and behavioural issues. More …

Mental wellbeing and the Mediator

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There's a lot to think about during a divorce, It is no wonder that divorce can cause problems such as stress, anxiety, depression and panic attacks. But how can mediators help with mental wellbeing? More …

McCartney files US lawsuit against Sony/ATV over reclaiming Beatles copyright.

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Paul McCartney yesterday (18 January 2017) filed papers in Federal Court in New York seeking a declaration that is entitled to reclaim the rights to a number of songs that he co-wrote with John Lennon from September 1962 to June 1971. More …

Can foreign pensions be shared on divorce?

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The recent case of Ankita Goyal v Amit Goyal [2016] has confirmed that it is not possible to share an overseas pension following on from a divorce in the UK. More …

Chairman's view: Brexit means Brexit

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At least the cards are on the table now. According to the Prime Minister, Brexit means we’re not half in and half out, we won’t be members of the Single Market and we will be a global trading nation rather than one that limits its aspirations within Europe’s borders. More …

Thinking about selling or downsizing? How will the new residence nil rate band impact you?

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The new residence nil rate band ("RNRB") is being introduced because family home values are pushing relatively modest estates over the existing nil rate band. But you don’t need to hang on to your home for your descendants to benefit from the relief. More …

Fathers would like more work-life balance

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A report by Working Families, Modern Families Index, found that 47% of working fathers would like a less stressful job to better balance the demands of work and family life and over a third would be willing to take a pay cut to achieve a better balance. More …