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Resolution seeking review on impact of LASPO on mediation

Latest statistics published by the Ministry of Justice show that the number of MIAMs have decreased by 14% for the latest quarter, compared with the same time the previous year.  The level of MIAMs is now about half the number which occurred prior to the implementation of LASPO, with the majority of couples attending such […]

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Mediation: How this can help young people

In recent weeks and months there has been significant media coverage of the on-going Court proceedings between Guy Ritchie and Madonna over their son Rocco.  Until December 2015 Rocco had been living with his mother in New York.  However, he accompanied her on her world tour and after a disagreement whilst the tour was in […]

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Family Mediators Association survey shows gap in access to information

A recent survey for Family Mediators Association has shown that divorcing and separating couples are having difficulty accessing the information they need to help them make informed decisions about key issues such as financial issues.   The survey showed that around 15% of people were unaware that there were more ways to resolve family matters than […]

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Another successful Dispute Resolution week for Swain & Co

23 – 27 November 2015 was Dispute Resolution (DR) week. This is a campaign lead by practioners’ group, Resolution, to promote the use of alternative methods of dispute resolution. The message of this year’s campaign was #childrenfirst. It is easy to become embroiled in the emotional turmoil of a separation and for children to get […]

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No fault divorce

Currently in order to divorce in England and Wales, you have to show that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. One of five facts can be used to prove this: Adultery of the other person Unreasonable behaviour 2 years separation, with consent 5 years separation, without consent Desertion   If a couple have drifted apart […]

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Supporting a New Way in Family Law

Resolution, the representative group promoting a constructive approach to resolving family disputes, have launched a new manifesto – let’s spread the word! Family disputes have historically been characterised by bitter fighting in court and spending endless amounts of money on lawyers. However, members of Resolution have for a long time been promoting #abetterway and promoting […]

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