Why representing yourself in court could be financially and emotionally costly

There has been a dramatic rise in the number of litigants in person – those representing themselves in divorce court hearings – to decide children’s best interests. This is because litigants are trying to reduce costs following the government’s abolition, … Continue reading

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Rags to riches – delayed divorce payout ruling is cautionary tale

By Peter Jones, founder and partner Could a landmark Supreme Court ruling allowing a woman to make a claim for financial support from her ex husband 20 years after their divorce open the floodgates for similar claims?

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Relationship breakdowns are bad for business – how employers can help their people

by Norman Taylor, collaborative family lawyer I was saddened but not surprised to read how one in seven employees revealed that relationship breakdowns have set productivity plummeting in their workplaces. The findings of a Resolution survey which interviewed 4,000 adults … Continue reading

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The haves and have nots as legal aid cuts create two tier family court system

This week a survey conducted by the Independent newspaper and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has confirmed that our family courts have become a two-tier system – for those who can afford legal advice and those who cannot. Figures reveal … Continue reading

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Changes to the family courts – will they boost mediation rates?

By Fiona Kendall On April 22, the family justice system had a major reboot to make it more streamlined and efficient. Many of the changes are concerned with how the courts that make up the system are re-organised and re-designated.

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Jones Myers takes lead on pioneering mediation service for separating couples

Jones Myers has been instrumental in spearheading an innovative new service for separating couples who may otherwise struggle to pay for legal assistance.

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Have you signed the right will? Why you should check your signature

By Martin Holdsworth Where there’s a will there may well be a relative who feels that they have been unfairly cut out of an inheritance. As a lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience of dealing with disputes over the … Continue reading

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Information campaign vital as millions in public funding for mediation lies unspent

The announcement that mediation centres aimed at helping couples to separate without the trauma of going to court are under threat – while the best part of £25 million in public funding to help such couples lies untouched – requires … Continue reading

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The Unkindest Cut?

Swingeing cuts to Legal Aid will threaten to put vulnerable children at greater risk. You’ve probably heard in the news that the Government is planning to dramatically reduce access to Legal Aid in civil cases in England and Wales, as … Continue reading

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