August 27, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
Recent reforms encouraging couples to take divorce out of court and deal with relationship disputes in regional centres via mediation have come under fire by Ann Widdecombe, who has criticised the proposal as making ‘a nonsense of marriage.’ Widdecombe believes that ‘the state should send out much stronger signals on support for marriage’, suggesting that separation has become as meaningless as ‘discarding an old carrier bag.’
Sir James Munby, president of the Family Division of the High Court, called for the changes in order to relieve stress and delays in the family courts, especially in the case of uncontested divorces ...
December 17, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
New research commissioned by Resolution has revealed that 19% of teens feel that parental separation has had a negative effect on their education and exam results. A survey of teens and young adults aged 14-22 looked at the way separation and divorce affects life at school, college and university. Around 100,000 children under the age of 16 experience parental relationship breakdown each year, and 48% of all break-ups in Britain involve couples with at least one child. The report, published on the 24th of November 2014, shows how separation and ...
December 06, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
A survey of 2,000 people revealed that less than 25% of couples going through relationship difficulties actively sought help from professionals, despite almost 40% believing that counselling would be beneficial. Those who attended counselling sessions did so for an average of four months, and 12% said that it helped with the problems in their marriage.
The statistics also demonstrated that women are more likely to seek help to avoid separation than men. 45% of female respondents said they had faith in the benefits of counselling compared with 28% of men. However, both men and women were more likely to confide in a friend rather than seek professional help, and ...
October 31, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
Following the news that increasing numbers of separating couples are representing themselves, the Government has announced a £2 million ‘support package’ for Litigants in Person (LIPs) to provide practical assistance with dispute resolution. The intention of the new strategy is to encourage couples to seek out-of-court alternatives such as mediation and arbitration, as well as offering support for those who take their case to court. Justice Minister Simon Hughes says that the new Government support package ‘will make sure that separating couples and parents are able to access the right advice, information and support at the right time.’
A new support service for LIPs involved in family cases is also due to be introduced at ...
April 04, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
Mediation is often marketed as being a quicker, easier and cheaper method of separation for couples who want to avoid going to court over their divorce. But does this alternative form of dispute resolution really offer an all-round simpler solution?
The first thing to realise about mediation is that it is not a form of counselling. The role of a mediator-solicitor is to bring together both parties to find the best outcome for everyone involved. Your mediator takes an independent position and is not able to act as a legal representative for either of you, or take sides. However, ...
March 09, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
New statistics from the Ministry of Justice reveal that the time it takes to resolve family law disputes can be significantly reduced with the use of couples’ mediation. A recent press release explained how parenting issues and divorce settlements are generally completed much faster when couples use the services of a solicitor who is trained in mediation as opposed to using traditional court processes.
“The average time for a mediated case is 110 days compared to 435 days for non-mediated cases,” the release claims. Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes commented on the statistics: “Mediation works and we are ...