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Tag Archives: Divorce

Changes to Legal Aid – April 2013

Family Solicitors

Our Middlesbrough Solicitor writes about the legal aid changes to family law;-

So the 1st April 2013 has brought major changes to welfare and benefits and your entitlement to legal aid – but what does this actually mean to you?
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What is a Contact Activity Order?

Family Solicitors

Our Middlesbrough Family Solicitor explains;-

If a judge has ordered you to so something within Children Act proceedings, this is often called a Contact Activity Order. This Order can cover issues such as attending a parenting course or attending family mediation.
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The Mediation Protocol and the Family Proceedings Rules 2010

Our Middlesbrough Family Solicitor explains;-

The new Family Proceedings Rules were introduced on 6th April 2011. The rules reform the existing procedures for Family Law.

One of the main introductions contained within the rules is the inclusion of compulsory mediation within divorce proceedings. This means that all separating and divorcing couples will be referred to mediation to try and settle matters before being allowed to make an application to the court.
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What is Mediation?

Our Family Solicitors in Middlesbrough explain;-

A Mediator is an independent person who will help disputing parties to try and reach resolution. A mediator will meet with you and the other party, identify those issues you can’t agree on and help you to try and reach agreement. Mediators are neutral and will not take sides in any dispute.

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What happens at mediation?

Our Family Solicitors in Middlesbrough explain;-

Not everyone is ready for family mediation at the same stage in separating, so the mediator needs to find out whether it is suitable for both of you. This is often done at an assessment and information meeting, when any concerns and questions you might have can be addressed. The mediator will also check eligibility for free publicly funded mediation and explain charges if you are not eligible.

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What happens if mediation doesn’t work?

Our Family Solicitor in Middlesbrough explains;-

Mediation is not suitable for all cases and agreement will not always be reached. The individual circumstances of every case will need to be addressed to decide how to proceed if mediation is not suitable, or fails to reach an agreement.

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Is mediation only available for divorce and separation?

Our Family Solicitors in Middlesbrough explain;-

No, mediation can be used for the majority of cases where a dispute arises between families. Mediation is often a successful service for discussing matters in relation to children or organising contact and residence. Mediation can be assessed in every circumstance to see whether it would be a suitable way to resolve a disagreement.

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Will mediation help us get back together?

Our Family Solicitors in Middlesbrough explain;-

Mediation is not a means of attempting reconciliation. There are organisations available to assist when parties wish to receive professional help to reconcile. Referrals to such organisations can be considered and information provided as required.

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Child Law – When are social services involved in child cases?

Our Middlesbrough Solicitors in Children Law explain;-

When do Social Services become involved in private child law cases?

Social services, known as ‘Children’s Services’ or alternatively, the local authority, will sometimes become involved in a child residence or child contact case. This is usually in place of CAFCASS.
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Is a divorce my only option?

By our Middlesbrough Divorce Solicitors;-

In today’s society, people who are experiencing matrimonial problems do not necessarily think about contacting a Divorce Solicitor straightaway for legal advice. Many do not want to finalise the end of the marriage by racing down the route of divorce and there are other options.

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