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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2014 review part 2: justice for all

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December 23, 2014 0 comments

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The first four months of the year brought great changes to the family justice system in this country. However, that did not mean that all who were to use the system found the justice they were seeking… The tone was set by the architect of so many of those changes, the President of the Family…

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Every week is dispute resolution week

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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

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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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