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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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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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How to manage Mother’s Day if you’ve split from your ex

Warring couples can claim up to £500 to put towards mediation

Every March families across the country celebrate Mother’s Day. It’s seen as an opportunity to say thank you to all of the mums and mother figures for all of their hard work throughout the year.

But for mums who are separated from their partners, it can also be a difficult and upsetting time. Especially if it...

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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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Solving co-parenting dilemmas for separated families as the summer holiday looms

Uncertainty about how summer holidays might shape up this year means separated families should consider making flexible written parenting plans right now, says a leading family dispute resolution charity currently providing its services by video conference.

Arrangements for children during the long school vacation always provide headaches for separated parents. This year, the delayed...

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What about children in Devon's separated families who want to hug BOTH their parents? 

As hugs return to our lives, a leading national charity whose HQ is in Exeter is urging separated families across Devon to ensure the children get the chance to hug both their parents.

For over a year, separated families have adapted parenting arrangements as best they could. Restrictions meant many children didn’t see one of their parents for many months on end, and for some even...