Family Mediation

  • Our guide to a happy holiday during difficult family times

    Our guide to a happy holiday during difficult family times

    The summer holidays are almost upon us. For many that will mean sun, sea, sand and smiley faces. Spare a thought, however, for families experiencing the uncertainty of separation. Here are some tips and guidance to those families for whom… Read More

  • Is Family Mediation compulsory?

    Is Family Mediation compulsory?

    I saw a question on an online forum recently which asked whether or not divorce mediation was compulsory. In very general terms, mediation is not compulsory in family law matters and is certainly not compulsory in divorce. Anybody can… Read More

  • Legal Aid for Family Mediation

    Legal Aid for Family Mediation

    Statistics obtained from the Legal Aid Agency have revealed that the number of new legal aid family mediation cases has dropped by 32%. Between the months of July and August, an even greater reduction of 43% was reported. This follows… Read More

  • The Intractable Contact Dispute and the Welfare Principle

    The Intractable Contact Dispute and the Welfare Principle

    In the past few days, judgement has been passed by the Court of Appeal which concerns a case of what family lawyers call an intractable contact dispute. The case in question: A (A Child) [2013] EWCA Civ 1104 has experienced 12 years of… Read More

  • Make Family Mediation a Priority

    Make Family Mediation a Priority

    Between April and July 2013, 22% more applications were made to the court than during that same period in 2012. This is an interesting statistic because April 2013 was the time when legal aid was removed for the vast majority of family… Read More

  • Family mediation - compulsory or not?

    Family mediation - compulsory or not?

    We are often asked the question ‘do we need to attend mediation before going to court?' The answer is both yes and no. Since April 2011, all parties to a potential court application have been expected to… Read More

  • Fuzzy Logic – New Rules for Child Benefit

    Fuzzy Logic – New Rules for Child Benefit

    As of 7th January 2013, Child Benefit payments became dependant on an individual parent’s income and ceased to be a universal welfare payment paid to all parents with the care of a child. This means that people with annual income over a… Read More