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Do I have to attend mediation?

Our Middlesbrough Family Solicitors explains;-

The only circumstances where parties considering a divorce will not be required to attend mediation prior to commencing proceedings will be in serious circumstances where there are allegations of domestic violence or child protection. However, even in these circumstances if both parties do want to try mediation rather than issuing court proceedings, special arrangements can be made for what is called ‘shuttle mediation’. This is when both parties attend mediation together but the session takes place in separate rooms. There will usually be two mediators in this circumstance and they will go from room to room to try and reach an agreement. The two parties will not be required to meet face to face unless they both request to do so.

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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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We are members of specialist Family Law organisation, Resolution;-

At Paul J Watson, Family Law Solicitors in Middlesbrough, we believe that disputing parties in family law matters should be encouraged to resolve problems amicably, rather than proceeding to Court immediately, if at all possible. This avoids the stress and the expense of prolonged court proceedings for our clients.

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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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