As is customary at this time of year, I thought I would do a short series of posts reviewing some of the most important developments in family law over the last twelve months. It’s certainly been a busy time...
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This week is the second Family Dispute Resolution Week held by Resolution, the association of family lawyers “committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes”. To coincide with this, Resolution has published an advice
Just 51 per cent of people would consider alternatives to court if they were divorcing, a new poll suggests.
Family law organisation Resolution commissioned a survey of 4,000 adults across the UK.
We live in a time of constant change. Change happens in all areas of society, and families and family breakdowns are no exception. Change affects the way families live, how problems are handled when they break down and how we lawyers help to resolve those problems.
After threatening to do so for years, the prime minister has finally announced plans for some married couples to get tax breaks worth up to £200 a year. David Cameron said that four million couples (or about a third of all married
As regular readers of this blog know, the Government abolished legal aid for most family matters (save where a local authority is involved) on 1 April 2013. The Government’s ‘flagship’ solution to filling the gap that this left is
Stowe Family Law LLP Senior Partner Marilyn Stowe is featured on Parenting Solo, a new online magazine for single parents.
In a detailed interview, Marilyn discusses the pros and cons of divorce mediation, explaining:
“Mediation is an informal process and a good mediator should make you feel relaxed. The idea is for
Earlier this week the Telegraph ran an intriguing article on women and divorce. Entitled Top Five Financial Mistakes Women Make in Divorce, it set out a list of common blunders made when marriages come to an end.
Earlier today I appeared on BBC Radio Tees to discuss the pros and cons of mediation in divorce. It was a lively debate in which I stressed the importance of full legal training for anyone offering mediation for divorce and other family situations The truth is that
Mediation sounds like a great idea – in theory. Over the last few decades, family lawyers have worked hard to tone down and step away from the more confrontational, winners vs losers elements of the traditional legal system, recognising that this approach is not
The Ministry of Justice has launched a new public information video designed to raise awareness of family mediation services.
The video, entitled simply Family Mediation, sets out ways in which mediation can help
So, how is this going to work? A look at policy in the ‘real world’ by guest blogger Hayley Crossman
Whilst working in the public sector, I was able to see children and families going through the pain of family separation in both the public and private law arenas. At the Children’s Workforce Development Council, a quango set up to ensure those working with children
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read a certain speech by Lord McNally.
Appearing at the Grange Holborn Hotel earlier this week, the Minister of State for Justice addressed the current state of the family justice system, as well as the government’s
Family law organisation Resolution has launched a new scheme designed to help separated parents focus on the needs of their children.
Announced at Resolution’s annual conference, Family Matters will begin as a pilot
A few weeks ago the government announced a wide-ranging package of family law reforms in the Children and Families Bill, and MPs have their first chance to debate and discuss the measures set out today when the bill reaches it second reading in the House of Commons.
Family law association Resolution has released an official response to the draft Children and Families Bill, which was published by the government earlier this month.
The response highlights various aspects of the bill, expressing concern about some
Couples seeking divorce in the US state of North Dakota could be made to wait six months and attend five counselling sessions under proposed new legislation.
The five one hour counselling sessions required by House Bill 1423 would be conducted by
Family Justice Minister Lord McNally has pledged an additional £10 million in funding for divorce mediation services .
The additional funding will bring the total spent over 2013 to £25 million.
Lord McNally said:
The Ministry of Justice has launched a new version of the FM1 Family Mediation and Assessment Form.
These forms must be completed by anyone who is considering going to court to resolve financial or child contact and residence issues after a divorce or separation. Under rules
Just over a year ago, the final report of the Family Justice Review was published. The report had been commissioned by the Government in response to concerns that the family justice system was not working. There was a huge backlog of cases concerning
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Marilyn Stowe is the senior partner in Stowe Family Law, which has offices in Yorkshire, Cheshire and London. With more than 30 years’ experience handling divorce cases and family law proceedings she is regarded as one of the most formidable and sought after divorce lawyers in the UK. In 2012, Marilyn became one of the first solicitors to qualify as a family law arbitrator.
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