Family Mediation Services News

Cohabitants need special financial protection if they split

When the recent case of a widowed cohabitee’s rights to her late partner’s pension made the news, I did wonder whether the decision may have an effect on co-habitation law generally. Rights for cohabitants are limited Cohabitation does not...

Why we are backing Family Mediation Week 2017

23-27 January 2017 is Family Mediation Week. Organised by the Family Mediators Association (FMA), the campaign aims to raise awareness of mediation as an alternative to court battles for separating couples.  Mediation can help you take control of your...

Why We Are Backing Good Divorce Week

We’re pleased to support this month’s Good Divorce Week campaign, which supports the rights of all family members (and especially children) who are affected by a relationship breakdown. The campaign runs from 28 November to 2 December 2016...

Grandparents Day: 11 September 2016

Originating in the United States but increasingly recognised in other countries, National Grandparents Day aims to recognise and celebrate the vital role of grandparents. I have fond memories of my own grandparents and was...

Mr V Mrs: Call The Mediator Highlights Benefits of Mediation

The current BBC TV series “Mr V Mrs: Call the Mediator” provides an insight into the role of mediation for couples who have decided to part company. It’s important to note that mediation is not to be confused with counselling; mediation is...

Liza Pickles Accredited by Family Mediation Council

This month our congratulations go to Liza Pickles, a family law specialist at our Brighouse office. Liza is now accredited by the Family Mediation Council to conduct mediation in cases funded by Legal Aid as well as privately funded mediation. For couples...

Caroline Price Accredited by Family Mediation Council

This month our congratulations go to Caroline Price, a family law specialist at our Huddersfield office. Caroline is now accredited by the Family Mediation Council to conduct mediation in cases funded by Legal Aid as well as privately funded mediation. For...

Wilkinson Woodward Support Family Mediation Week 2016

Every year, thousands of families are torn apart by bitter court battles. Relationships between separating parents are irretrievably broken and, all too often, their children are caught up in the middle. It doesn't have to be that way. Mediation has...

Christmas and the New Year Can Be a Tough Time for Relationships

It is a sad reality that holidays put pressure on family life. This is especially true of the Christmas period. Here's what to do if this affects you. The strain on families over the Christmas and New Year period can often lead to relationship...

Download Your Free Guide to Resolving Family Disputes Without Going to Court

It is a sad reality that holidays put pressure on family life. This is especially true of the Christmas period. For couples who decide to separate, it is important to know that there are alternatives to court.  Collaborative law is a legal way of...

Changes to Mediation Funding Will Help Families In Calderdale and Kirklees

From 3 November 2014, changes made to family mediation funding will make financially ineligible parties exempt from the financial means test for the first joint mediation session where their partner is financially eligible for legal aid. From 3 November...

Government Announces Plans to Fund More Free Mediation Sessions

Couples should avoid confrontational courtroom battles and use mediation as more free sessions will be funded by Government, Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes announced this week. Last year nearly two thirds of couples who attended a single mediation...

Mediation Provides Alternative to Court in Family Disputes

It’s a sad fact of modern life that resolving family disputes in court can be a long, stressful and expensive process. To add insult to injury, last year’s cuts to legal aid left many separating couples trying to navigate the court process on...

Alexis Walker Achieves Senior Mediator Status

We’re extremely proud and delighted to announce that Alexis Walker recently received Senior Mediator Status from the Family Mediators Association. With over two decades of experience as a qualified Family Mediator, Alexis helps clients in all areas of...

Changes to Legal Arrangements for Children Start 22 April 2014

Couples considering divorce need to be aware of changes to private children law which come into force in England and Wales later this month. From 22 April, unless specific exemption criteria applies, courts will no longer accept applications to issue...

Our Family Law Specialist Liza Pickles Has Been Approved for Private Mediation Work

After 18 months of training and professional development, our family law specialist Liza Pickles has been approved for private mediation work. Liza is now working towards accreditation to carry out mediation in legally aided cases.   Liza, who is based...

Minster urges couples to turn to mediation

Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes has urged parents and couples to turn to mediation rather than face confrontational court battles. The call follows the publication of the latest Office of National Statistics figures which show an increase in the number...

Family Dispute Resolution Week 2013

Free* MIAM sessions *subject to availability *subject to T&C's 25-29 November 2013   FREE MIAM sessions for your clients  Dear colleagues   To coincide with Family Dispute Resolution Week 2013, the specialist team at...

Mediate Don't Litigate

How it works How much does it cost? How long does it take? What if mediation breaks down? Our team Where can you meet with a Mediator? Mediate don’t litigate    How it works    Our Mediators will help you in an impartial way,...

Phoenix Radio Show Questions and Answers

Penny Manock took part in a question and answer session regarding the changes to Legal Aid Funding which come into force on 1st April 2013.  This aired live on Phoenix Radio on Tuesday 18th March 2013.  Here are details of the questions...