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What is collaborative family law?

October 06, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Collaborative family law is an out-of-court cooperative method of separation that allows couples to resolve their issues with a 'less adversarial, more solution-oriented' approach. Deciding to separate is a big decision. Even more so if there are children involved. The collaborative process involves working together as a separating couple, with the support and advice of Resolution-trained solicitors, to ensure that you find the best solution for you as a family. As a separating parent, you don't have the choice to simply walk away. You and your ex-partner have a responsibility to try to make the best of the situation and find a way to co-parent in the future. Collaborative family law is designed to facilitate clear communication and fair decision-making, ...

Resolution’s guide to parenting after divorce

July 28, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Divorcing when you have children means there are more than just the two of you to consider. Your children’s well-being needs to come first – no matter how angry or bitter you may be about the split, and no matter how hard it is to negotiate a resolution. It can be difficult for parents to put themselves in their children’s shoes during separation, and even the most well-intentioned parents can take the wrong approach. On one end of the spectrum, some parents try to protect their kids by pretending everything’s normal, when children usually prefer to know what’s going on, so long as it’s explained ...

Co-parenting after separation: how to arrange and divide parenting time

February 17, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

When you have children, divorce or separation can be an overwhelming prospect. There are so many questions, so many ‘what ifs’, and so many factors to consider. Who will the children live with? Will you be able to stay in the family home? How often will your children see each parent? Research has shown that children of separated parents find it easier to adjust to changes when they are able to continue to spend quality time with both parents in a consistent and relaxed manner. There are, of course, exceptions to this guideline – and if a child is fearful or anxious about visiting one ...

Collaborative Family Law: Helping Parents to Separate Positively

March 23, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

The end of a marriage doesn’t necessarily mean the end of your family – when you have children, it’s important to work together with your ex to minimise the impact of separation. Collaborative family law is an effective out-of-court method of dispute resolution for parents, encouraging them to work through their differences and pave the way for successful co-parenting in the future. Choosing to separate out of court gives parents a far better chance of a positive relationship with each other afterwards as it offers the chance to come to their own decisions about the division of assets ...

How Divorce Affects Children’s Education

December 17, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

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 ...

Reducing Relationship Stress at Christmas

December 07, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

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 ...

Who gets the house after divorce?

December 01, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Deciding what to do about the family home is often the hardest part of a divorce or separation. Do you sell up and split the proceeds? If you keep it, who’s going to move out? How will you work out mortgage payments? A family home is full of memories, some of which may become bittersweet after divorce – the place you call home becomes both a familiar safe haven and the site of bad memories. For most separating couples, the family home is their biggest financial investment, and will need to be used as an asset during the divorce process. This may ...

The Benefits of Arbitration

July 21, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

If you’re looking for a swift, flexible and confidential divorce process, then arbitration may be a good option for you. Arbitration allows you to separate and resolve financial or property disputes without the need to go to court, and is suitable for divorce or the dissolution of a civil partnership. This alternative method of dispute resolution has several benefits for couples who may need help in coming to a decision, and who are willing to work cooperatively with their partner to find a positive outcome. What is arbitration? An arbitrator is a specially trained family lawyer accredited by the Institute of Family Law

Couples Urged to Try Mediation Instead of Traditional Divorce in England and Wales

April 11, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes recommends mediation to couples and parents who are considering divorce as statistics on the ten busiest divorce courts in England and Wales are revealed. The minister suggests that thousands of couples could benefit from alternatives to battles in court by using local family mediator-solicitors to help them resolve relationships disputes. Simon Hughes explained: “Mediation works in helping to sort out disputes over finances and children. We are committed to making sure that more people make use of it rather than go through the confrontational and stressful experience of going to court. These figures show thousands of people are sadly still divorcing each year. We want them to do it in the ...

Domestic Violence Affects Over a Fifth of EU Women

March 31, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

The world’s largest-ever survey on violence against women has been published in a report by  the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), revealing the prevalence of abuse experienced by women: one third of women in the EU have suffered a form of violence, and more than a fifth reported experiencing violence at the hands of a partner. The FRA report outlines incidents of physical, emotional and sexual abuse and violence suffered by women in the home, at work, in public and online. The agency hopes that the survey will demonstrate to policy makers that the true extent of violence against women must be recognised and ...


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