Alternative international family law scheme unveiled

June 5, 2017 0 comments

family law

An alternative to litigation over the correct venue for international family disputes has been unveiled in the US. Developed by lawyers Patrick Parkinson and David Hodson, the International Family Law Arbitration Scheme (IFLAS) is designed to help families involved in multinational disputes choose the correct national jurisdiction, or ‘forum’, for the resolution of their case….

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Charity urges increase in family mediation

January 24, 2017 2 comments

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A charity has called for an increased use of mediation during family breakdown. The public needs a better understanding of the divorce process so children and other “at-risk parties” can be better protected, the Family Mediation Association (FMA) insists. This call comes during the organisation’s Family Mediation Week, which launched yesterday and will run until…

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So, what exactly is “access to justice”?

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September 27, 2016 1 comment

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“I genuinely believe access to justice is the hallmark of a civilised society.” Kenneth Clarke, Lord Chancellor, November 2010 OK, I admit that I am not being exactly original in introducing this post with that famous quote (a quick Google will find many previous examples). However, it is just as meaningful now as it was…

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Care demand, arbitration and more

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September 16, 2016 0 comments

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A week in family law As the summer subsides, the family law news picks up… The Office for National Statistics has published its latest figures in relation to the formation and dissolution of civil partnerships. The figures show that civil partnership formations have declined by 85 per cent since 2013, as a result of the…

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Child arbitration: an alternative to the courts

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September 15, 2016 0 comments

Stowe Family Law, family law

I have spoken approvingly about family arbitration on this blog many times before. Of course I’m biased being an arbitrator myself, but as all readers know this Yorkshirewoman is unafraid to give a blunt opinion, good or bad. My opinion of family arbitration has only been strengthened since the recent introduction of child arbitration. Let…

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Arbitration scheme extended to disputes involving children

July 20, 2016 7 comments

family law

Arbitration is now available in family disputes concerning children. As the name suggests, the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) promotes the use of arbitration, a legally binding form of mediation which is conducted by a legal professional. Arbitration has been available for family law disputes since 2012 for financial disputes, but the new ‘Family…

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