Family mediation and collaborative law

Is the current approach on valuing pensions fit for mediation?

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There are not many occasions in a mediation where I hesitate to say that mediations are conducted in the "shadow of the court". I normally emphasise that mediation is not a different process but just a different method of resolving matters. However, I must admit to some discomfort over pensions. More …

Do you need a dispute to go to mediation?

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Many years ago the court used to get involved in every case where there were children and their parents were divorcing. However, with the Children Act, which came into being in 1991, the courts only became involved if there was a disagreement between the parents. Are we currently in that position with referrals to mediation? More …

What role does a solicitor play in the mediation process?

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Whilst there is a clear distinction between the role played by a solicitor and by a mediator, there are a number of ways in which the two roles complement each other. More …

How do we co-parent after separation?

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Even when separating couples are on good terms, when it comes to how they continue to co-parent their children, they can still encounter difficulties. As part of Mediation week, we demonstrate how mediation can be utilised to assist separated parents to work together to successfully co-parent their children. More …

Co-mediation - working with a family consultant

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For many years now family lawyers and mediators have encouraged their clients to obtain help from family consultants or therapists to support them through the difficult process of separation. More …

Conscious uncoupling – can I divorce amicably through mediation?

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When Gwyneth Paltrow announced that she and Chris Martin would be ‘consciously uncoupling’ on her website Goop, in March 2014, the news was met with widespread ridicule and contempt. This announcement seemed to be in tandem with other outlandish claims put out on Goop, Paltrow’s lifestyle brand website. More …

What is Divorce Day and can I avoid it?

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For most families, Christmas is a time to spend together. Unfortunately, this can have the effect of highlighting underlying difficulties within relationships, resulting in an increase in workload for family lawyers after the Christmas break. More …

What are the consequences for an ex-spouse if he or she does not pay following a court order?

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Last week the Law Commission released new proposals suggesting that ex-spouses who refuse to pay sums due following their divorce should be banned from travelling abroad. More …

Amicable separation – what counts for divorce?

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Millie Mackintosh, and her husband Professor Green (Stephen Manderson) have announced their separation after two years of marriage. They have said in a statement: "It is a mutual decision, we still care deeply about each other and would like it to be known it is on amicable terms and we wish each other well". More …

Does child maintenance count as income for my mortgage application?

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During divorces and separations, one of the key areas to consider is mortgage raising capacity and how separating parties' housing needs will be met. More …