This week we were excited to receive our copy of Katherine Woodward Thomas’ book Conscious Uncoupling - How to Break Up in A Whole New Way.
Sunday 4th October 2015, is Grandparents Day. Celebrated in the USA since 1978 and introduced to the UK in 1990 by the charity Age Concern, Grandparents Day is an opportunity for families and communities to honour and celebrate the 14 million grandparents in the UK. Although not as commercially successful as Mother's and Father's Day, this year we’ve noticed businesses advertising specialised gifts and greeting cards for Grandparents.
As the summer holidays draw to a close, parents who have recently separated may already be thinking about the next school holidays, eg Christmas and New Year. Even parents who have structured contact in place during term-time, often dread the prospect of organising days that carry emotional weight - in particular Christmas and birthdays. Family mediation provides a safe environment to discuss child arrangements at any point in time including before, during or after separation.
This week saw another high profile celebrity couple announce their separation and divorce. The Twitter feeds were full of the news that Gwen Stephani and Gavin Rossdale are to divorce after 13 years of marriage. At MyMediation we were pleased to read, in their jointly released statement, that while they "have come to the mutual decision that we will no longer be partners in marriage, we remain partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising our three sons in a happy and healthy environment".
Everyone seems to be talking about what gems they've got hidden away in their vinyl collection. In 2014 one million vinyl albums were sold for the first time in almost two decades. Classic releases such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and David Bowie are all amongst the current top 10 vinyl chart. For those of a certain age, the merging of music collections at the start of a relationship was always a turning point. Discussions tended to include how the collection should be organised, should it be according to surname or genre? The digital age has perhaps simplified this relationship stage.
Here at MyMediation and Winston Solicitors we are avid watchers of Coronation Street and we were fascinated to watch a dramatised family mediation take place on a recent show.
Family solicitors in Leeds witnessed a live ‘mock’ family mediation presented by solicitor mediators, Sally Clark and Laura Clapton. Sally heads up the family mediation service MyMediation providing services to both private and legally aided individuals, under the umbrella of Winston Solicitors LLP.
April 22nd 2014 brought with it the new Single Family Court and a number of sweeping changes to the family justice system including compulsory MIAMS, different tiers of judges sitting alongside each other in the same Court building, changes to documentation used in divorce proceedings and the new Child Arrangements Programme to name but a few.
Section 10(1) of the Children and Families Act 2014 makes key changes to how applications to Court for private children issues and for financial remedy following divorce/civil partnership breakdown should be dealt with.
The Government has formally recognised that the adversarial court process is not always best suited to the resolution of family related issues, be those relating to children and/or financial provision following relationship breakdown.