Financial remedies group reports on divorce law reform

August 13, 2014 1 comment

financial remedy

The Financial Remedies Working Group established by the President of the Family Division has published its first report. The legal term ‘financial remedies’ refers to family court proceedings which involve money, for example maintenance. Sir James Munby announced the formation of the group earlier this year in his 12th View from the President’s Chambers, saying:…

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It’s time to get serious about arbitration

July 30, 2014 3 comments

arbitration, mediation

It’s time to face the facts. The coalition government’s obsession with mediation has failed. It is now time to get serious about an alternative which has been overlooked for too long: arbitration. The family courts are overcrowded. A huge number of people seeking a divorce, or the right to see their children have put a…

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Mixed messages (from Solicitors Journal)

February 20, 2014 10 comments

family courts

From my latest Solicitors Journal column “Family Business”, 13/2/2014 The search for answers continues in the family court system, says Marilyn Stowe The family court system is being overhauled, particularly in the area of public law. It is being streamlined and modernised. There is no choice but to buckle down, grit teeth and deliver the cheapest system possible….

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Mediation is a tool, not a panacea by John Bolch

January 22, 2014 0 comments

Glass of water

The way that mediation is sometimes spoken about by its supporters, one could be forgiven for thinking that it is the universal solution for the resolution of all family (or other) disputes. Mediation has always had its staunch and enthusiastic supporters, even long before the Government seized upon it as the ‘replacement’ for legal aid…

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Modernise divorce law, says retiring judge

October 11, 2013 5 comments

Civilized divorce

English divorce law was “designed for a wholly different era”, a High Court judge has claimed. Sir Paul Coleridge said an independent commission should take a “new and fresh” look at divorce and financial provision law. He told the Family Law Conference in London this week: “Since family law is intended to regulate family life…

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