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Hiding assets – don’t

Many family mediators are struggling somewhat with the amount of media attention given to the two Supreme Court cases decided last month, Sharland and Gohil, both of which featured husbands who were at least suspected of hiding substantial assets. We deal in the …

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Including children in mediation

Over the past twenty or so years of my practice as a family mediator, children have frequently been brought into the mediation room. Most family mediators involve children on a regular basis in one form or another. Actually bringing children into …

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Putting children first – how a child contact centre may help

If you would like more details about Child Contact Centres generally (such as how to find a local one, how to make a referral etc) then have a look at the NACCC website naccc.org.uk When parents separate or divorce, the …

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The Voice of the Child

No matter how many times we mediators think that we have explained child consultation to family lawyers, it never hurts to explain it –all over again- time after time. As mediators we know better than most people that messages are …

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One in four – mediation and mental health

One in Four….. is the proportion of people who suffer a mental health challenge each year; is a hard hill to climb for some, and even harder hurtling down the other side; means that on average one person in every …

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What price justice?

As it happens, this post isn’t about the end of legal aid for almost all family cases, and what that means for families all over the country who are now struggling to find solutions to their problems without access to lawyers. Nor …

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What children really want for Christmas

This isn’t always either a merry or a happy time for any of us, but we can do something to help make the 2014 holiday better for the children in our lives by focusing on what they want most for …

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Families Begin to Turn Their Backs on Divorce Courts

A growing number of separating families in England and Wales are choosing to avoid the courts when it comes to reaching agreements about finances, children and property, according to research published by FMA a few weeks ago. The research was …

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FMA Takes Further Steps To Ensure The Voice Of Family Mediators Is Heard By Policy Makers

As part of the Family Mediators Association’s drive to maintain high standards of practice and ensure the voice of its members is heard in relevant discussions about family justice at a national level, FMA chair Beverley Sayers has been asked …

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Child-inclusive Mediation

The FMA has welcomed the recent announcement that ‘child-inclusive mediation’ (better known to our members as direct child consultation or DCC) is to become the norm for children aged 10 and above.

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