News

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, …

Read more

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 …

Read more

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 …

Read more

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 …

Read more

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 …

Read more

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 …

Read more

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 …

Read more

Mediation…the positive choice

‘Mediation is an empowering process for the children, and it can lead to their parents making more informed and suitable decisions for the future’. This simple statement by an experienced mediator has been strongly endorsed by children and young people …

Read more

Accentuate the positive!

This year’s Family Mediation Week finishes on a positive note!

Read more

“I wish my parents had known about family mediation”

Trite it may be, but true it certainly is, that parents want to do all they can for their children.   Some will happily declare that they will go to the ends of the earth. Others may not be willing to …

Read more