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?
Our Middlesbrough Family Solicitors explain;-
When a court is considering any decision about the well-being and upbringing of a child then the child’s welfare should always be the priority of the judge. The welfare checklist sets out for the court and the professionals all the areas that must be considered when making a decision about a child, whether this is about child contact, child residence or other orders.read more
Our Middlesbrough Family Solicitors explains;-
The only circumstances where parties 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 sessionread more
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.read more
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.read more