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Summer Holiday Survival Guide for Separated Families

Mediation charity offers advice as schools close for the summer

The summer holidays can prove challenging for all families. Juggling childcare, entertaining the kids, and keeping them topped up with endless snacks over the six-week period can prove tough for even the most organised of parents.

For separated couples though it can be particularly hard.

According to...

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Thousands more families to benefit from mediation voucher scheme as Government confirms extension

Campaigners welcome scheme extension, but say funds could run out fast

The Government’s Family Mediation Voucher Scheme has been extended, but campaigners say the funds could run out ‘far sooner than predicted’.

As part of the scheme, couples who decide to split up can access up to £500 which can be used to fund mediation to discuss children matters using mediation providers...

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Struggling to communicate with your Ex – top five reasons people mediate

No family is without its drama, but for the most part disagreements and disputes can be settled with a little breathing space and time out.

For families in conflict however, it can be more difficult to bring about a resolution that works for all parties. Especially where tensions are already running high following a relationship breakdown, separation or divorce.

Needless to...

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Warring ex’s urged to mediate over passports for kids to avoid delays

Caution coincides with concerns over passport application backlog

A national charity has urged separated and divorced parents in conflict not to put off tackling the topic of passports for their children ahead of the summer period.

The caution comes amidst growing concerns about the backlog being caused by the surge in new passport and renewal applications following the lifting of...

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Five top reasons to stay civil with your ex during your divorce

From health risks to spiralling legal fees, why sparring spouses should avoid conflict at all costs

Divorce sits comfortably in the top three most grief-stricken life events. Loss, regret, fear, anger, uncertainty; all things we experience as we navigate the pathway that leads to living separate lives.

Historically, sparring spouses have gone into the process with their defences up...

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Charity says number of couples in conflict soared during the pandemic, despite drop in divorce rates

National Family Mediation (NFM), a charity which helps families to sort arrangements for children, property, finance and other important matters, says that nosediving divorce statistics is not a true representation of the number of families in conflict.

According to the latest data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) the number of divorces completed in 2020 was 103,592. A 4....

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Family lawyers must ‘challenge’ themselves amidst growing desire for amicable divorces

Simpson Millar launches single lawyer divorce service, Separating Together

One of the country’s leading family lawyers has said the profession needs to ‘challenge itself’ to better meet the needs of consumers amidst growing demand for a more amicable solution to separation and divorce.

The call to action comes in the run up to the introduction of ‘no-fault divorce’ on April...

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From Divorce to Death: The dos and don’ts of having difficult conversations with kids

Legal and General partnered with Clinical Psychologist Dr Angharad Rudkin to explore the importance of having difficult conversations with children, including that about organ donation. Dr Rudkin discussed how to approach the conversation appropriately and provided some useful tips for parents wanting to engage their child in such conversations.

Important conversations to have with...
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Family lawyers must ‘challenge’ themselves amidst growing desire for amicable divorces

Poll reveals that majority of couples want to ‘keep things civil’ while separating

One of the country’s leading family lawyers has said the profession needs to ‘challenge itself’ to better meet the needs of consumers amidst growing demand for a more amicable solution to separation and divorce.

The call to action follows a recent poll carried out by national consumer law firm...

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Charity calls on government to put its ‘money where its mouth is’ with mediation voucher scheme extension

NFM criticises ‘stick vs carrot’ approach to clearing family court backlog

A national charity that provides mediation for families in conflict has called on the government to ‘put its money where its mouth is’ when it comes to making mediation a default option for warring families.

The call to action comes after reports that Dominic Raab is backing efforts to use mediation...