Separating couples: what is mediation and why try it first?

Separating couples: what is mediation and why try it first?

Separating couples: what is mediation and why try it first? What is a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting and why should it be your first port of call when you separate? How do we start to have the difficult conversation about separating or divorcing?  What...
Record-breaking divorce?

Record-breaking divorce?

The High Court in London is set to hear what could be the highest value divorce case the English courts have ever seen. Natalia Potanina has commenced divorce proceedings in England having lived in London for the past several years. Her former husband, Vladimir...
Will pre-nuptial housing take off?

Will pre-nuptial housing take off?

In 2016, a Dutch design and engineering firm, Studio OBA, has revealed its design of a floating house which can divide into two parts if a couple breaks up. They are calling the concept “prenuptial housing”. The creator, Omar Kbiri, has said that the company hopes...
Coercive and Controlling Behaviour – an ugly modern day phenomenon

Coercive and Controlling Behaviour – an ugly modern day phenomenon

I sat down with interest to watch the short film ‘I am Nicola’ on Channel Four last week. Since controlling and coercive behaviour was made a criminal offence on the 29th December 2015, after spending some time in the spotlight initially and following the first...
Myths surrounding family mediation

Myths surrounding family mediation

There is some confusion about what family mediation is and what it can be used for. This article will look at some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding family mediation. Mediation is not a therapy sessionThe role of the mediator is not to act as a therapist....
A Family Lawyer’s Guide to Child Care Myths

A Family Lawyer’s Guide to Child Care Myths

Partner and Head of Family Law, Amanda Phillips-Wylds, gives a guide to child care and irons out some of common myths around it. The mother automatically has the right to have the children with herWhen parent’s separate, it is up to them to decide who the children...