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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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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 …

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Accentuate the positive!

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

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“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 …

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Dear Mum and Dad . . .

An email from Jack aged 13 to his parents for New Years Day 2017. Dear Mum and Dad, I am sending this email to you both. I never see you together now, so this is the only way to speak …

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So Mum and Dad broke up . . .

Family mediator Scott C Docherty, who is based in Dumbarton in Scotland, has very generously allowed us to include this video as part of Family Mediation Week. Our message, like Scott’s is that mediation can help families to put the children …

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So why should children be involved in mediation?

I have been thinking about the many reasons that separating parents in mediation should be encouraged to give their children an opportunity to talk about how they’re feeling. Giving children a voice in mediation allows the parents to make decisions from …

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