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Lasting Damage: is there a Better Way?

Over the years I’ve seen a lot of changes not only in the practice of family law but also in the backgrounds of clients. For many people in the early 80’s separation stigmatised them because they were the only members …

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What are we doing for Family Mediation Week?

Dear Mediators, As I am sure you are aware, Family Mediation Week is happening next week 23rd January – 27th January 2017 There is lots being organised nationally for the week including :- A specially commissioned music video Young peoples …

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Proof that Family Mediation works in Ireland

Family Mediation in Ireland   Sabine Walsh, President of the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland explains that family mediation in Ireland is in a phase of unprecedented development at present. Family mediation in Ireland is provided by the state funded Family …

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Conflicts and Consent Orders – initial overview for FMA members

Conflicts and Consent Orders – initial overview for FMA members More to follow in January! These are the FMC Consultation Questions: Consultation questions These are the questions on which your views are sought. When answering, please indicate whether you think …

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Goyal v Goyal [2016] EWFC 50

Goyal v Goyal [2016] EWFC 50 Family Court, 4 November, Mostyn J When the divorce proceedings began the husband had two English pension policies. In a consent order made after decree nisi but before the financial hearing, the husband agreed …

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Most parents now co-operate on child maintenance

The Department for Work and Pensions has published research which suggests that the majority of separated parents using the Child Maintenance Service are managing their child support payments between themselves, Encouragingly, most arrangements set up using Direct Pay are still …

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No Fault Divorce

Resolution members gathered in Parliament on 30 November, calling for no fault divorce in a major lobby involving 150 family lawyers and other professionals. The call for no fault divorce was supported by many senior judges, the Family Mediation Task …

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Precis of “Mediators Drafting Consent Orders” Article

An important article on consent orders by family mediator (and FMA Treasurer) Anne Braithwaite was published in the November 2016 issue of Family Law. We do urge everyone to read this, but for those who don’t have access to Family Law, here is …

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FMA Conference 2016

On Day 1 we reviewed three key topics: domestic violence issues, compassion and mental health issues. In each case we began with a talk from an expert in the field, delivered in the imposing Oxford Union, and followed this up …

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Morris v Morris [2016] EWCA Civ 812

Court of Appeal, 10 August 2016, Black and Floyd LJJ and Moylan J The husband and wife separated in 2013 after a 25 year marriage; they had three children, the youngest of whom was 17. The wife worked until the …

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