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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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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Referrals to family mediation fall

Figures seen by The Law Society Gazette show that referrals to family mediation have fallen by an average of 26% across the country. From April to June 2013 there were 2,623 referrals to family mediation compared to 3,564 for the same time frame in 2012. The number of couples attending Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings, […]

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Celebrity divorce can be unrealistic for the rest of us

The Law Society has warned that sometimes celebrity divorce can give ordinary couples an unrealistic view of what to expect when it comes to separation and divorce. This comes after the speed of which Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi’s divorce is progressing. The Law Society notes that the speed of proceedings can be explained by […]

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Divorce: with mediation, costs do not have to spiral out of control

In today’s news is the story of the millionaire couple who have risked ‘financial suicide’ fighting over their divorce. Lawyer Aloke Ray and anaesthetist Charoo Sekhri have spent a combined £860,000 so far on legal fees since they separated two years ago. A High Court judge has begged the warring couple to abandon the court […]

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DIY divorce versus family mediation

It is little surprise that since the legal aid cuts to much of family law, in particular in relation to divorce; there has been a surge in the number of people carrying out DIY divorces and facing family courts alone. Therefore, it is of no surprise that the legal aid cuts to family law have […]

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Millions of Briton stay in unhappy marriages due to financial worries

A study has shown that millions of Britons are staying in unhappy marriages because of financial worries or fear of emotional hardship. One in five admit to feeling trapped within their unhappy marriage saying they would divorce if their financial security was assured. The study was carried out on 2,000 adults and found that one […]

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Government releases Family Mediation video

The Ministry of Justice have launched a new Family Mediation video for public awareness. The video is entitled ‘Family Mediation’ and informs you how mediation can help you as you face divorce and separation. It is three minutes long and uses simple animation to explain what mediation is, and how it can help. The video […]

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Family law legal aid cuts are catastrophic for families

Resolution is an association of family lawyer and they have said that the Government’s family law legal aid cuts represent an attack on childhood and the family. A spokesperson for Resolution has said it is hypocrisy at a time when Government is criticising absent fathers that they are making it harder for fathers to access […]

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Surge in custody cases since legal aid cuts could lead to family courts collapse

Family Lawyers are warning that the family court system is at risk of collapse due to a surge in the number of warring parents representing themselves in child custody cases because of legal aid cuts. New figures reveal that there was an increase of 27% last month in the number of children caught up in […]

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