Shared Parenting

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Following completion of its public consultation on its response to the Family Justice Review, the Government has published its plans on shared parenting, which are contained in the Children and Families Bill 2013. This includes a clause, amending the Children Act 1989, so that a court will have to presume, unless the contrary is shown,… Read more »

Family Mediation: Some Basics

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Mediation is voluntary. It is not unusual for one party to be keen to mediate but the other refuses to attend. If that happens then family mediation cannot go ahead. Some people think that mediation can be forced on you by a court. This is wrong. A court does not have that power. However, a… Read more »

Help for separating parents

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The Government has launched a web app, “Sorting out Separation”, to help separating parents make arrangements for their children and other matters arising on separation. Amongst its many sections the app has a section on Family Mediation. At the same time a YouGov poll was published concerning parents access to help when separating. This is important as… Read more »

Should the Law give Rights to Cohabiting Couples who Break Up?

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Many people believe that cohabiting couples who break up have legal rights against each other: the so called “common law husband and wife”. In fact this is a myth as they have no rights based on the fact of their cohabitation. In 2007 the Law Commission (an independent body which reviews the law of England… Read more »

Family Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings

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The government believe that mediation is often a better way of resolving disputes about arrangements for children or finances following relationship breakdown. This does not just apply to the couple concerned but could include other family members such as grandparents. In order to encourage anyone wanting to apply to the court for an order relating… Read more »

Can You Use a Company to Hide Assets in Divorce

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On a divorce a court can look at all the assets owned by the parties to the marriage. Amongst other types of order, a court can order one party to transfer an asset he or she owns to the other party. Sometimes what are owned are shares in a company and the company itself owns… Read more »

Queen’s Speech-Children and Families Bill

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For some years the topic of shared parenting has been a popular theme for those involved with arrangements for children after the separation of their parents. Lone fathers groups have been very vocal and achieved a high profile in arguing for a presumption of shared parenting. There has been discussion about what that means: some… Read more »

DIVORCE SOLICITORS Organisation Says That Family Mediation is Not Being Encouraged Enough

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In April 2011 court rules were introduced in the family court to make it necessary for anyone wanting to start a court application regarding children or financial issues to first to attend a meeting with a family mediator to find out about mediation and other alternatives to court. These are called Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings or… Read more »

What No One Tells You About Divorce:

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This article caught my attention as it gave one man’s experience of divorcing. http://goodmenproject.com/divorce/what-no-one-tells-you-about-divorce/ The author concluded by saying “ If you really think divorce is the only answer, don’t lie, cheat or ruin your spouse. This will destroy any trust between you and her during the divorce. Divorce proceedings that lack trust will ruin… Read more »