Mediation & Alternatives to Litigation

6 March 2017

No fault divorce – taking the blame out of divorce to reduce conflict and litigation

The debate surrounding our fault-based divorce system is not a new one. However, the recent case of Mr and Mrs Owens, in which Mrs Owens appealed the court’s decision to reject her divorce petition, demonstrates the need for urgent family law reform.

Currently, in order to petition for divorce one party is required to prove that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. This can be evidenced by adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion or separation (of two years with the consent of both parties, or of five years without consent). 

Tom Beak

23 September 2016

Mediating megastars – keeping it private and solution focused

News of megastars Brad Pitt’s and Angelina Jolie’s divorce has dominated newspapers and social media worldwide this week and is a timely reminder of how people in the public eye have to deal with intense media interest in the difficulties they face in their private lives. 

One of the best ways to ensure that the terms of any divorce, whether high profile or not, are kept out of the press is to conduct proceedings in an entirely private forum such as mediation, using a private judge or arbitration.  As practising mediators, we assist clients in resolving issues outside of court and regularly advise them about the benefits of mediation.

Connie Atkinson

2 March 2016

Alternatives to the family court process - new Family Law Children Arbitration Scheme to be launched

For many, the prospect of attending a court hearing to decide upon the future of your family or finances can be a daunting process. Courts tend to be formal, overwhelming and expensive. Thankfully, court is not the only option and alternative dispute resolution methods, such as arbitration or mediation, can often assist in achieving a more amicable, timely and economical resolution. 

Siân Akerman

1 June 2015

Children and mediation – The MoJ responds to Dispute Resolution Advisory Group’s final “Voice of The Child” report

Guest author Harry Nosworthy, Barrister at 4 Paper Buildings, looks at the MOJ's response to the Dispute Resolution Advisory Group’s final “Voice of The Child” report and evaluates the questions yet to be addressed.

10 March 2015

Resolution’s manifesto - re-thinking divorce for the UK’s next government

In the current political climate of manifestos, TV debates and big new plans for our society, Resolution (the family lawyers’ organisation of England and Wales) has joined in by putting forward its manifesto and proposals on divorce and separation for the next government to consider.

Alexandra Bishop

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