Covid-19 has seen the already stretched Family Justice System come under even more pressure. Many separating families are unsure where to turn to, and therefore end up becoming trapped within the court system. This can exacerbate family conflict and divert resources away from the families that are really in need of access to the court
Remember this 1985 classic? I am sure some of you will remember it coming out. I do (although I was still trying to figure out why I was in a law library and not on a golf course at that time). As the exchange goes: Doc: Well, good luck for both of our sakes. See
Recently my colleague Gemma Garrett and I both completed two days of training to become Collaborative Lawyers. I have put together this blog to provide some insight into Collaborative Law as a process to resolve disputes, highlight the benefits of a collaborative approach and identify who it might appeal to. Alternative Dispute Resolution within family
It can be of enormous value for separating couples to have input from an independent financial expert when looking at options and trying to reach an outcome regarding their separation and the division of assets. For Mediation Awareness Week 2020 I interviewed financial expert, Karen McGrath, to find out more about the role a financial
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