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Mediation

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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#ChildrenFirst

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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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New ideas for families

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The family law reports are again filled with well-heeled international former couples where the wife is alleging that the husband has hidden money from her and the court. Interesting though these cases often are, we have seen quite a few of them recently, and thought that instead we would turn our attention back to wider social and family justice policy for this week’s blog. What’s life like for separating couples at the other end of the financial spectrum at the moment? While family lawyers in Cambridge and nationwide look forward to Resolution’s National Dispute Resolution Week next week, Jane Robey,…

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Mediation on the up

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The Ministry of Justice has published legal aid statistics for April to June 2015, which show that over the last year the public appetite for family mediation is increasing. Mediation take-up for those entitled to legal aid and their former partners has gone up by a third compared to the same time in 2014. The Ministry of Justice suggests that this may show that a greater number of MIAMs – Mediation Information and (legal aid) Assessment Meetings – are leading to more people giving mediation a go than since before legal aid was removed from most family court proceedings. The statistics…

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