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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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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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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...

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It’s ‘too late’ to go to Court over Christmas custody plans, Charity warns

Families urged to take advantage of Government mediation voucher scheme worth £500 to help resolve matters

  A national charity that provides mediation for families in conflict has today urged families in conflict to take advantage of a government voucher scheme worth up to £500 to sort our Christmas child arrangements.

The call to action comes after National Family...