Mr vs Mrs: Call the Mediator – Review

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We never really expected to do a TV review blog, but last week saw the start of a new three-part BBC fly-on-the-wall documentary series called “Mr vs Mrs: Call The Mediator” on BBC2. The series promises an intimate look at the lives of those separating, divorcing or working out co-parenting. Since it first aired last week, we’ve been questioned repeatedly about what we thought of it from a professional point of view. By the time this blog goes out on a Wednesday morning there will have been another episode, which you’ll be able to view on catch-up TV if you…

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Mediation myth-busting

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We’ve blogged before about the different options available to those going through the process of working out disagreements over future arrangements after divorce or separation. In brief, you can negotiate, either directly between yourselves or by using your solicitors to present arguments in writing or at meetings; you can use collaborative law, where solicitors and clients agree not to take the dispute to court and all work together to find a solution; you can use an arbitrator who will decide as much or as little of your case as you want to refer to her or him after a process…

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Early days of separation

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In the early days of separation from a partner or spouse, when the world feels upside-down, it can be difficult to know where to turn. Your friends say you need a lawyer but you’re not sure you want legal advice as much as practical guidance; plus you’ve heard that mediation – what is that, by the way? – might be better for the kids and less impactful on the family budget. You turn to Google, which offers conflicting suggestions. How do you know whom to trust?

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By | Children, collaborative law, Mediation, News, the family courts | No Comments

It’s Resolution’s National Dispute Resolution Week, and this year the focus is on putting children first during family breakdown. We thought we’d take a look at some of the key findings from the research they have commissioned on how families are dealing with divorce and separation today, and think about the best ways to protect and support children through the process. For the uninitiated, Resolution is an organisation of 6,500 family lawyers and other professionals in England and Wales who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters. Resolution also campaigns for improvements to the family justice system. All…

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