Family mediation and collaborative law

How to avoid family mediation going wrong

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As active members of Resolution, we regularly encourage clients to explore the alternatives to court proceedings, to resolve disputes that may arise following relationship breakdown. More …

Family mediation in practice: a case study

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We look at a case study where family mediation proved successful as both parties in a separation had control over their own destiny and were able to concentrate on what was important to them. More …

Family mediation services: What documents do I need?

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Mediation continues to be a popular method of resolving family law disputes. Going to court should be a last resort and the court tries to ensure this, by asking for proof that you have either attended a Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting (MIAM) or you don’t need to attend a MIAM because of your circumstances. Mediation is therefore key to any route you go down. More …

A Fair Judgement

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In the tale of King Solomon’s judgement, two women come before the King with an infant. They ask him to adjudicate on the matter of who is the rightful mother. Solomon wisely pronounces that since the women cannot agree on who the baby belongs to, they will cut him in half, literally splitting ownership. More …

The courts don’t make you feel better

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While most people don’t start court proceedings lightly, there can be an element of hoping that it will be cathartic or therapeutic in some way and that 'justice' will be done. More …

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 …