November 11, 2019 | Posted by : J Morris
Family arbitration is something of a mid-point between other alternative methods of dispute resolution and the court process though it is unfortunately often overlooked or simply not made available to separating couples.
Family arbitration is suitable for couples who are unable to reach an agreement between themselves or with the support of a mediator and would prefer not to go to court but still need someone else to help make the decisions. The process involves appointing a joint family arbitrator to act as an objective decision-maker, in much the same a judge would do in the family courts. However, every aspect of the arbitration process remains private, and within a schedule agreed by both ...
May 04, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
In a recently published case involving a complex land trust dispute, High Court judge Sir Nicholas Mostyn QC endorsed arbitration as an effective method of resolving disputes privately out of court.
Sir Nicholas highlighted the benefits of arbitration in response to a request that the details of the case be kept private. While this was not permissible in that particular case, the judge’s advice applies to anyone wishing to proceed with legal action while avoiding the public and disruptive nature of a court appearance:
“Where parties are agreed that their case should be afforded total privacy there is a very simple solution: they sign an arbitration agreement.
“Arbitration has long been available in proceedings such as these. ...
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 10, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
Our Maidenhead and Beaconsfield offices will be closing at midday on the 23rd of December for the Christmas holidays, so if you’re in need of advice or services this month please get in touch within plenty of time! We will re-open at 8.30am on the 5th of January. If you’re mid-case, don’t worry – we will make sure that any outstanding action will have been sorted before we close, and nothing will happen over the Christmas period that will require further attention.
We hope you have a great festive period and can look back on 2014 with a sense of achievement, whether you’ve made major life changes, moved house, settled financial affairs, or started a ...
December 07, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
This time of year, even the sparkliest of relationships can come under fire. If you’re going through a tough patch with your partner or dealing with separation, you probably aren’t feeling particularly festive, but that’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a break over the Christmas period. Whether you’re together or apart, use the following advice to help reduce your relationship stress.
If you’re a parent in the middle of a separation, the first thing to do is get some advice from your solicitor and, if possible, a referral to a mediator so that you can meet together and lay down ...