A personal review of the year, part 3

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December 22, 2017 1 comment

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This concludes my personal review of 2017. (The first two parts, covering January to August, can be found here and here). September: disruptive In a sign both of the times and of the enormous responsibilities placed upon our family courts, a headline in The Telegraph on the 7 September read: “Returning jihadis will end up…

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MIAMs, a domestic violence register and more

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October 6, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law I was grimly amused when I read the latest legal aid statistics, for the quarter April to June 2017, which show that the number of Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) in that period was down by 11 per cent compared to the previous year. The figure currently stands at…

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MIAMs, courts and more

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July 7, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law My first story is actually from last week, but I omitted to mention it in my weekly review post last Friday, and I wanted to make a quick comment about it. It is the important story of a paid McKenzie friend who was denied permission to appeal against an order…

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MIAMS, adoption and more

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June 30, 2017 6 comments

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A week in family law In 2016 over 60 per cent of couples did not attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) before applying for a court order to settle disputes over parenting, finance and property, according to figures obtained by the charity National Family Mediation (NFM). The requirement to attend a MIAM before…

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Divorce & looking after yourself by Tracy Sapier

June 29, 2017 0 comments

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Divorce is one of the most stressful experiences that life has to offer. A time of stress and anxiety, an emotional rollercoaster that impacts on the family as a whole. It is at times like these, when you have reached a traumatic crossroads in your life, that some kind of support may be just what…

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Divorce: 60% of couples ignore MIAMs

June 26, 2017 7 comments

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As many as 60 per cent of couples seeking a divorce do not attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) before taking their case to court. In April 2014, the then-coalition government made the attendance of such meetings compulsory for anyone who wanted to bring their marriage to an end. However, a new report…

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In praise of mediation

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January 24, 2017 1 comment

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For reasons I won’t go into here, I think I may have gained a reputation in some quarters for being an opponent of mediation as a means of resolving family disputes. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. As I have said here previously, I very nearly trained as a mediator way back…

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Promoting ‘out of court’ divorce (from Solicitors Journal)

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December 22, 2016 1 comment

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This article was first published by Solicitors Journal on 01/11/16, and is reproduced by kind permission. ‘Divorce’ has become a buzzword for any forcible separation. A quick Google search generates articles about the UK’s upcoming ‘divorce’ from the European Union or a politician’s ‘divorce’ from their political party. The term implies controversy and dispute. But…

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Bankruptcy, mediation and more

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October 14, 2016 0 comments

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A week in family law My selection from this week’s mixed bag of family law-related stories: An inquiry into fostering in England has been launched by the House of Commons Education Select Committee. The inquiry will look at a range of fostering issues including the recruitment and retention of foster carers and concerns over reductions…

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Four out of five couples ‘ignore MIAMs’

October 11, 2016 2 comments

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Four out of five divorced couples did not consider mediation, new research shows. Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings(MIAMS)  are used to highlight the benefits of mediation and have technically been compulsory since April 2014 for anyone planning to divorce in the family courts or pursue a disagreement regarding children. But research released earlier this year…

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