Divorce is the in news - from the breakup of high profile marriages of Brad and Angelina and Zoe Ball and Norman Cook, to Sarah Jessica Parker’s new TV drama ‘Divorce,’ the subject is making headlines. Whether you are an A-list celebrity or not, divorce is painful, and the question for parties is what can be done to minimise the emotional and financial costs, and the implications for the children?
During Mediation Awareness Week 2016 we're exploring what Family Mediation is and how it can help you and your children
We introduced you to "Jack's Story", a short video telling a small part of the story of Jack's family's separation.
During Mediation Awareness Week 2016 we're exploring what Family Mediation is and how it can help you.
Deciding whether to mediate or ask the Court to resolve your dispute can be difficult. Your decision may be taken out of your hands if your ex is not willing to mediate, or welfare concerns for any of the parties mean that mediation is not suitable. Otherwise your choice will depend on several factors, not least your emotional readiness to deal with your ex partner. Both methods put the needs of any children first and ensure all parties are safe. In addition whether you mediate or go to Court you can choose whether to seek advice from a solicitor alongside either pro
Last night saw the first episode of Mr v Mrs: Call The Mediator aired on BBC2. Whilst family mediation has featured in the fictional story lines of Coronation Street and Emmerdale, this documentary series offers a real life insight into the world of family mediation.
Despite increased coverage about mediation, the process can often be confusing for clients.
In The Times on Monday 25th January, an interview with an experienced divorce lawyer gives some indication of the increasing belief among professionals in the field that Court is not an appropriate place for separated couples to deal with their issues, particularly where there are children involved.
We are not surprised that many people are confused about the availability of Legal Aid for family mediation. In recent times, Legal Aid cuts have made the headlines and Legal Aid for instructing a solicitor and taking family cases to court has been virtually stopped.
The message we want to get across loud and clear is - Legal Aid is still available for family mediation.
Here are our top three Legal Aid tips:
1. Find the right service
A recent article in The Guardian quoted a Tiger Woods interview in Time magazine, where he said that his children knew ‘they have two loving parents that love you no matter what.’ Unfortunately, many children do not hear that message, or see it in action, particularly during divorce or relationship breakdown.