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Family Mediation Week 2024


Family Mediation Week 2024 Family Mediation Week will take place from 22 - 26 January 2024 Separating parents can avoid courtroom conflict as Family Mediation Week kicks off. Separating parents urged to avoid courtroom conflict as Family Mediation Week kicks off. Parents who have decided to separate or divorce in 2024 are being urged to find out ho...

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Mediation: legal expert outlines a serious route to consider for separating couples

For many, the end of a marriage or relationship combines emotional unrest and significant financial uncertainty. The disruption can undermine the best laid financial and tax plans. The legal processes to end a marriage and the administrative steps to ascertain a family's assets before embarking upon planning for a separated family's future, can be ...

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Getting Child-Inclusive Family Mediation Right

If approached with the necessary precautions and respect for their views, the inclusion of a child in relevant family mediation matters can bring a highly valuable perspective to the process. What benefits do the participants stand to gain from child-inclusive mediation, and how can the child's rights be safeguarded throughout? What are the primary...

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Understanding the Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting, Parenting Plan, and Financial Consent Order

Divorce can be a complicated and emotional experience for everyone involved. There are many important decisions that need to be made, especially when it comes to matters related to your children and financial situation. Mediation is a popular route couples take when they decide to dissolve their marriage peacefully without going to court. In the me...

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News Focus - Compulsory Mediation is no Panacea

Lawyers back the government's aspiration to get more family disputes resolved out of court, but many have serious doubts about compulsory mediation The government's commitment to seeing more family disputes resolved out of court has been widely welcomed. But, as MPs heard this week, many practitioners are unimpressed by the reform plans that have e...

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MOJ voucher scheme to continue to 2025

The Government has also announced a two-year extension to its currently voucher scheme, to encourage more people to consider mediation as a means of resolving their disputes, where appropriate. To support this, a financial contribution of up to £500 towards the costs of mediation relating to children will be provided, if eligible. Only mediators au...

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Press Release: A cultural shift away from family court … to family mediation on March 23, 2023 in News

Government proposals set to steer families away from stress, costs and delaysNew government family law proposals could accelerate a cultural shift for separating couples away from family courts, says The Family Mediation Council ("the FMC").A series of new measures proposed in a consultation this week by the Ministry of Justice aim to help separati...

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Does Mediation Actually Work ?

 The short answer is yes. Mediation is an alternative method of resolving disputes and gives you greater control over the decision-making process. It gives you more say over the arrangements concerning the children and how finances should be divided. The Mediator helps you to reach a tailor-made solution which suits you and your children witho...

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FAMILY MEDIATION WEEK 16TH - 20TH JAN 2023


Family Mediation can help if you are separating. Learn more at the following free online events during Family Mediation Week - 16 - 20 January 2023 https://www.familymediationcouncil.org.uk/family-mediation-week-events-for-the-public/ Follow the above link to find out about all the events for the public in Family Mediation Week.  Pre regi...

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Letter from the Family Court


 A NOTE FROM THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE Court proceedings can take many months to conclude, so you may want to know of other ways of reaching an agreement for your child(ren), and some financial support that is available to help for a limited time. Did you know that the separating parents of 9 in 10 children choose to come to an arrangement outsi...

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Expert advice on handling Christmas as a divorced or separated parent

 Legal action through the courts isn't your only option. The most important thing is to remember that Christmas is a time for children, and ultimately their wants and needs should come before your own But, for divorced and separated parents, which account for 2.9 million families in the UK, these plans are more complicated than for others. Sad...

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Inter-Parental Conflict and Family Separation Prof Gordon Harold (University of Cambridge)

 A simple summary of the evidence as regards Inter-Parental Conflict and Family Separation: • Family separation is always a stressful experience for children and teens in the short term. But what drives the long term impact on them is the level of conflict they witness before, during and following parental separation. • It's normal for it to t...

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