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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Three critical points about ADR

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December 7, 2015 0 comments

family law

These days resolving family disputes outside of court is de rigueur. Lawyers encourage it because it is quicker and cheaper than going to court, and courts (and governments) encourage it because it reduces the strain on an over-stretched justice system. However, as a news story over the weekend demonstrates, seeking to resolve family disputes at…

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Call for ‘blame-free’ divorce

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February 23, 2015 4 comments

Marriage

The law should be changed to allow for a ‘no-blame divorce’, a family law organisation has claimed. Under current English law, you can only divorce on a single ground: the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage and this can be demonstrated by citing one of five facts: unreasonable behaviour, adultery, desertion, separation for two years with…

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