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  Education, Cohabitation And Clarification  

That the nature of home life has been transformed in recent decades is beyond question. Fifty years ago, there were 426,541 marriages in England and Wales. The number which took place in 2019 was just over than half that figure (https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/marriagecohabitationandcivilpartnerships/bulletins/marriagesinenglandandwalesprovisional/2019#age-at-marriage). There are, of course, many reasons why that is the case. A report published […]

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  Mediation: Education And Compulsion  

It is no great secret that the court system in England and Wales is facing a tremendous challenge. The volume of work which, for example, family courts deal with is immense. Just last week, the Ministry of Justice published figures showing that more than 68,000 new cases began during the first three months of this […]

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  Pre-Nups And Profile  

It is fair to say that family law in England and Wales does not change as quickly as the circumstances within households in either country. As my colleague Claire Reid pointed out earlier this week, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act (https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2020/11/contents/enacted) which has now come into force – heralding the introduction of ‘no-fault’ divorce […]

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  Middle Ground: The Benefits Of Hybrid Mediation  

Most domestic relationships, no matter how long or short, involve differences of opinion, both large and relatively small. Trying to resolve them and move forward can, of course, be extremely trying in itself. Sometimes partners or spouses can be too close to the causes of disagreement to determine the best practical way forward. That is […]

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  Problem-Solving In a Pandemic: Mediation And Mitigation  

The global coronavirus pandemic has so upset the balance in our lives at home and at work that it almost seems difficult to believe that the second anniversary of lockdown measures being imposed will be upon us in just a matter of weeks. When Boris Johnson announced a series of steps to limit the spread […]

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  The Middle Ground: Mediation And Divorce  

It is something of a myth that all divorces are acrimonious. Whilst print, broadcast and even social media play their respective parts in reporting notable cases, coverage of the more contentious disputes has the potential to distort perceptions of what the process is actually like for the vast majority of couples. It’s a fact that […]

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  Leave and Lockdown: Are Divorce Rules Really About To Change?  

In the two months since Boris Johnson imposed a series of initiatives to limit the spread of the Coronavirus, there have been a number of predictions as to how lockdown will impact life both at work and in the home. While last week’s stark warning by the Chancellor of the Exchequer that the UK is […]

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  No Longer Finding Fault: Divorce Reform and Domestic Disputes  

For anyone glancing over the pages of our national newspapers during the course of the last two years or so, it might appear that there’s been a single, rather significant piece of legislation dominating proceedings in Westminster. Even though a study by the House of Commons’ library shows that MPs are perhaps not as prolific […]

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