Many people are not sure whether mediation is going to be a suitable way of helping them to resolve matters that are important to them. It can seem like a very daunting and unknown process. This blog post sets out some common questions people raise when considering whether mediation will be right for them. We
There is a popular story in business schools which goes something like this: The new CEO of Black & Decker asked his board of directors what their business did. He held up a drill – “is this what we sell?” he asked. “Yes,” said the directors, nodding; “that’s one of ours; that’s what we sell”.
For Family Mediation Week 2019, Mediator Sarah Jelly and Paralegal Nicola Logan look at one of the emerging trends in family mediation. At Family Law Partners we seek to keep family law disputes out of Court as much as possible using various Dispute Resolution [DR] mechanisms. However, we are aware that every relationship is different
My colleague Lauren Guy recently wrote a blog about the Voice of the Child in Dispute Resolution processes, which highlighted that in most separations the children are the main worry and concern for parents. Parents going through the emotional trauma of a divorce or relationship breakdown want to protect their children as much as possible
There appears to be an increasingly cold wind blowing for lawyers who fail to embrace new ways of working and promote more constructive dialogues between divorcing couples, as demonstrated by two very different court reports that were released in the last few weeks. ABX v SBX This was an English decision in matrimonial finance proceedings.
Many people incorrectly assume that getting a divorce means ‘going to court’. The notion of arguing a divorce case out in court has become entrenched in peoples’ minds as being what divorce entails, but it’s a myth that it’s the only way. Other dispute resolution processes, such as mediation, collaborative law and arbitration, are becoming
The law in England and Wales as it stands at the moment makes it impossible to divorce without blame (see our separate blog on the grounds for divorce) unless you either wait until you have been separated for at least 2 years and both spouses consent to the divorce, or you wait at least 5
Divorce can be a stressful and distressing time, so choosing the right option to end your relationship and the right process (as well as the right divorce solicitors) can be a challenge. But it’s vitally important. Often the individual personal circumstances will determine which process will be adopted. We are committed to non-adversarial approaches to
Family law qualifications can be difficult to understand if you are not a lawyer yourself. Choosing a family lawyer to guide you through the legal process in relation to divorce or a family law matter is a very individual and personal decision. Alongside those very personal considerations is the all-important choice of what type of
I believe that there is a better way to help our clients than pushing them down the traditional court route which can exacerbate conflict and polarise those involved in what is already a difficult time. When there are children involved this can make it harder to move forward as a family and build a respectful