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Hybrid Mediation Case Study

Hybrid mediation is a new method of dispute resolution (DR) and has a number of potential benefits over the ‘traditional’ family mediation model. Hybrid mediation is faster and the lawyer is able to better support the client through the process than in the traditional family law model of mediation. However, as with all DR processes,

Mediation Myths

Family law mediation can work for parties even when the matter is complex, factually challenging, and where strong personalities are at play and therefore it is important to debunk the myths and misconceptions to ensure this process method is not overlooked due to a lack of understanding.  When mediation works well it allows parties to

Family Mediation is open for business

Despite the Coronavirus crisis family mediation remains ready and available to help separating families find a way forward in these uncertain times. Mediation with a trained, professional mediator doesn’t have to take place in person with everyone physically present in a room together, in many cases family mediation can happen online via video conferencing. There’s

The interaction between domestic abuse and child arrangements

Co-parenting with an ex-partner can sometimes be emotionally draining and practically challenging. It goes without saying that navigating parenthood when there is domestic abuse involved is extremely difficult and adds an additional layer of emotional complexity when it comes to things like arrangements and contact. Often a parent who has experienced domestic abuse at the

How to Start Divorce Proceedings

It’s often a daunting task to start divorce proceedings, especially when it’s taken so much from you emotionally to get to this point. This blog is designed to guide you through the process and make it as simple as possible to understand your next steps. It really should be one step at a time. How

Top 10 changes to family law in the past 10 years

and Kate Elliott. With thanks to QEB, 1 Crown Office Row, 1GC, 1KBW, 4PB and 36 Family for their contribution. What a decade it has been – and what a decade will it be to come – Part 1 The turning of the decade can be a significant moment in time – there was much talk at

Businesses and divorce – what approach does the Court take? 

Many family solicitors are all too familiar with the disputes that can arise on a marital breakdown. Issues can materialise and cases can become more complex when there is a business or businesses to consider. So, how does the family court treat businesses in proceedings for a financial remedy on divorce? When considering financial provision

The ‘grave risk’ exception to child abduction and Covid-19

Child Abduction is when a child under the age of 16 is removed or retained from the jurisdiction of England and Wales without the consent of all those with parental responsibility for the child.  It is a criminal offence. Parents of abducted children (often referred to as the ‘left-behind parent’) living in countries that have