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Owens v Owens [2017] EWCA Civ 182

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Divorce petition rejected by courts

This is a case report of Owens v Owens [2017] EWCA Civ 182, in which the Court of Appeal refused a wife’s appeal against the rejection of her divorce petition, although it accepted that the marriage was over. Court of …

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Finding Fault

A research project, Finding Fault, led by Professor Liz Trinder of Exeter University and funded by the Nuffield Foundation, has just published some interim findings. The aim of the research is to explore how the current law on divorce and civil …

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Mediation Intake Assessments

Mediation reduces court applications and legal costs Mediation Intake Assessments or MIAMs are critical to disputants understanding how mediation can help them and to diverting some cases from court and settling them in mediation. Without compulsory MIAMs court applications increase, …

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J v B (Ultra-Orthodox Judaism: Transgender) [2017] EWFC 4 Family Court, 30 January 2017, Peter Jackson J

The parents were both members of the North Manchester Charedi Jewish community; their marriage was an arranged marriage; they had five children, a boy aged 12, twins (a boy and a girl) aged 8, a boy aged 5 and a …

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Cafcass warns that brainwashing children against ex-partners is form of abuse

Anthony Douglas, the Cafcass chief executive, warned against the danger of “parental alienation”, suggesting that divorced parents who “brainwash” their children against ex-partners are guilty of “abuse”. He went on to say that the deliberate manipulation of a child by …

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No fault divorce campaign rejected

The government’s response to the Resolution campaign calling for reform to the divorce laws is that it has no current plans to change existing legislation, but that they are considering “further reforms to the family justice system”. Meanwhile some of …

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Relate puts pioneering online divorce project on hold

The Relate project to launch the first English online dispute resolution system for divorcing and separating couples has been put on hold. The new system, originally developed by a Californian firm with the help of family lawyers from Resolution, was …

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Some positive experiences of mediation

The following quotes are all from real clients who wanted to let their FMA mediators know what family mediation was like for them – with thanks to the services who shared their positive comments with us. “Wonderful result. Very good job, thank …

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The British Justice System is in more trouble than the NHS – what you need to know

By Mary Banham-Hall, mediator, MD of Focus Mediation  Historically the British Justice system has been the envy of the civilised world, copied and admired for its fairness, integrity and skills – BUT it has become unworkable, dysfunctional and is in …

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