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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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What the Courts Deal With

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It is rare that the Family Court pleads for publicity, so when a judge decides to name a former couple involved in a financial hearing on divorce and says, “the public should be aware of the scale of problems that courts administering justice and implementing the rule of law have to face at the hands of unrepresented and malevolent litigants determined to do everything they can to destroy the process“, you know that this is an extreme case. These two people  were married for 20 years before separation. As is so common in the family law reports these days, there…

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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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Family-friendly laws?

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The Government has announced that all future policy and legislation is to be subjected to a family friendly filter before it can be enacted. This is a Conservative party initiative to ensure that families are supported, and not adversely affected, by developments in law and policy. From October, all government departments will have to assess the impact of policy on “supporting family life” (whatever that means). The family-friendly test will run alongside other policy tests such as cost-effectiveness, equality and environmental impact, with the idea being that laws and policies which are deemed not to support family life will be…

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