Judicial exhortations and deaf ears

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January 12, 2016 0 comments

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It is the nature of things that many family law judgments relate to proceedings that are highly contested and that have been on-going for some considerable time. And it is generally accepted that there are some cases of that nature where resolution is very unlikely without the intervention of the court. I would suggest these…

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Cafcass research reveals troubling child abuse details

December 11, 2014 2 comments

fostering and adoption

New research published by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has revealed some troubling details about child sexual exploitation. Data was gathered from 28 serious case reviews submitted to Cafcass between August 2013 and September of this year. Children who have “pre-existing vulnerabilities” as a result of their family situations are…

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One in ten leave job after separation

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November 26, 2014 2 comments

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Close to one in ten British workers have left jobs following a divorce or separation – that is the verdict of newly published research. Comres polled more than 4,000 adults for Resolution, a legal organisation which promotes alternatives to court for family disputes. Nine per cent of the respondents said they had had to leave…

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Marilyn on arbitration

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October 21, 2014 2 comments

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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A worrying trend in children cases

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October 13, 2014 3 comments

Cafcass

The latest monthly figures for cases received by Cafcass were published on Friday. However, I have been looking at the historic statistics for private law cases that they have received. It is well known that the number of cases they have been receiving recently is lower than previously, but if you look at the figures…

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MIAMs not helping mediation numbers

September 26, 2014 0 comments

Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) are not helping to increase the number of people choosing mediation in family disputes, new data suggests. According to figures released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the number of new mediation cases started between April and June is lower than it was during the same period last year….

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‘Divorce Hotel’ to open in New York

September 5, 2014 0 comments

divorce hotel, divorce, new york

A hotel in New York State will soon be offering couples the opportunity to divorce over the course of a weekend stay. The resort in Saratoga Springs, NY has long been a popular venue for weddings, but within the next few weeks it will team up with Dutch company DivorceHotel to allow couples to separate…

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