Every week is dispute resolution week by John Bolch

November 25, 2014 0 comments

family law

I understand that it is Family Dispute Resolution Week. Organised by family lawyers’ association Resolution, the aim of the ‘awareness-raising’ week is “to highlight the alternatives to court for separating couples and their families”. That sounds all very well and good, and I’m obviously all for settling family disputes out of court, but surely every…

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Family Dispute Resolution in the spotlight

November 24, 2014 0 comments

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Today marks the state of Family Dispute Resolution Week. This event is held each year by family law organisation Resolution to raise awareness of the various alternatives to confrontational court appearances for resolving family conflict. Once upon a time Resolution was known as the Solicitors Family Law Association. It works to highlight mediation, arbitration and…

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Marilyn Stowe on Sky News: the impact of divorce

November 24, 2014 1 comment

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Earlier today, I appeared on Sky News to discuss the impact of divorce. I was interviewed by legendary presenter Dermot Murnaghan and we had a lively conversation. The appearance was prompted by a new study by family law organisation Resolution. It found that 65 per cent of young people aged 14 to 22 believe their…

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Family law news around the world

November 14, 2014 0 comments

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It’s been a very busy week for Stowe Family Law. Senior Partner Marilyn Stowe appeared in The Times to talk about the importance of arbitration, and wrote an article for the Yorkshire Post to discuss how to approach sperm donation. As regular readers will know, we also try to cast our eyes outside of the…

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Marilyn Stowe on arbitration in The Times

November 13, 2014 2 comments

Marilyn Stowe, Stowe Family Law

As regular readers of the blog will know, I am an enthusiastic supporter of arbitration as a means of settling family disputes. As a qualified arbitrator, I am well aware of how effective it can be. So you can imagine how much I want people to take notice. As I said in The Times today,…

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Getting divorced: a user’s guide

November 4, 2014 1 comment

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So you’re getting divorced. Quite how you feel about that prospect will, of course, depend on the circumstances. Are you divorcing your spouse or being divorced by them? No one likes to feel like a victim of circumstances we cannot control – that is one of the worst sources of stress that life can throw…

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Marilyn on arbitration

October 21, 2014 1 comment

Marilyn Stowe, Stowe Family Law, blog, video

It really is a shame how few people know about arbitration. When it comes to family disputes, it combines the best parts about the courtroom with the best parts of mediation. In addition to being a mediator, I am an arbitrator. I would not be an arbitrator if I wasn’t convinced of its effectiveness. I…

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Is arbitration finally gaining momentum?

September 2, 2014 0 comments

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Yesterday, Parliament returned from its summer recess. With the government back in session, what is the likelihood that they will act to make arbitration in family law matters a more visible option for divorcing couples? The removal of legal aid in the vast majority of divorce cases has left the potential divorcee with a trilemma…

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Free mediation for all if one party has legal aid

August 20, 2014 4 comments

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One session of mediation will be free for everyone involved if one of the parties has legal aid, the government announced today. Currently, the only person entitled to a free mediation session is the party who has the legal aid. This can deter the other spouse from attending as they will still have to pay…

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