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Family law is ever changing and there can be implications for divorcing and separating couples. I keep myself up to date and share the latest changes in my news artilcles on these pages.

No fault divorce pushed back ...

... to April 2022

It was announced yesterday that the introduction of “no fault” divorce will come into force on 6th April 2022.  It was previously expected the new legislation would come into effect this autumn.  Many couples will have been waiting for the autumn in the expectation that they would be able to file for divorce without apportioning any blame for the breakdown of their marriage.  Now they will either have wait a little longer or they will have to push ahead using the facts available under the existing legislation.

The delay in the date is thought to be due to the time needed to make IT changes to the court’s online divorce systems.

Family Mediation Week 2021

Family Mediation Week begins on Monday 18th January 2021. 

As a family mediator many of the couples I talk to express a genuine desire to be able to work together as parents after separation.  They are already aware of the negative impact continuing conflict can have on their children and they want to avoid this.  Many couples are also interested in reaching a financial outcome quickly and economically.

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“What about me?”

As you’re reading this article on my mediation website the chances are that you already want to resolve differences outside of court but you may nevertheless be interested to know that a professional working group agrees that this is the preferable way forwards for most separating families.

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Mediation and Confidentiality

The case of Neil v Neil [2019] EWHC 3330 reminded me of the importance for clients to understand what is and what isn’t confidential in mediation.

Many couples (including celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tiger Woods, Tom Cruise to name drop just a few!) have all favoured using mediation when their relationship has broken down.  One of the benefits of mediation is its confidential nature.  But is everything in mediation confidential?

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Hybrid Mediation

What is “hybrid” mediation?

Involving solicitors in family mediation is proving to be an attractive option for clients and lawyers alike.  Often referred to as “hybrid” mediation, this model parallels civil mediation as it allows the mediator to keep certain confidences about the clients’ respective negotiating positions, helping them to find compromises along the way. 

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No Fault Divorce

In June 2020 the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act was passed meaning that the law surrounding divorce will be reformed.  Many think these changes are already long overdue and it will still take time for the changes to come into effect.  It’s hoped they will be in place by autumn 2021. 

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Myths and Misunderstandings about Mediation

Mediation is growing in popularity and my practice has never been busier.  There is more information than ever about mediation in the public domain yet the same questions myths and misunderstandings exist.  Below are some of the most common things I hear:

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 I offer all MIAMs online as well as substantive mediation sessions in appropriate  cases.

As your mediator, my aim is to help you both negotiate constructively by providing tools and information so you can make mutually acceptable decisions about arrangements for the future in a calm and informed way.


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"Sandra helped guide and support us both through a really difficult situation, happy to recommend." MJ

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