New App launched to assist
children cope with divorcing parents.
Kids & Divorce is a new App for iPad and Android
Tablets that promotes emotional well-being
following a divorce or family breakup. Using
story-telling and engaging
animation, Kids and Divorce helps children and
parents to explore and discuss their feelings
and emotions through a difficult period of
change and upheaval. Find out more at
You can download the apps using the links below.
Since 1 April 2013, family law
legal aid has been all but abolished - it is now limited
to cases which involve domestic abuse. As a consequence
hundreds of thousands of people can no longer afford
access to a lawyer. Instead, they must try and pursue
justice on their own, or look to
alternative avenues such as arbitration.
However if you are in
financially straitened circumstances, you do have a
number of options if you are contemplating divorce.
You may be able to negotiate a
bank loan so your solicitor is paid as usual during the
case. Some banks will fund your costs if you undertake
to repay them out of your financial settlement. They may
also agree to Ďroll upí the interest payments into the
final payment. This means the repayment isnít made until
the case is over. This is not unusual and there are a
few banks that specialise in this type of funding. Your
solicitor will be able to advise you.......more
Life after divorce: a practical
getting divorced? Congratulations! When you know itís
time to end it, there is little point in delay. You now
have the freedom to consider and make choices for you.
The way may not be smooth, but at least you are moving
in a forward direction.....
Mediation awareness sessions for
As of 22nd April 2014, it will
be a requirement for separating couples to attend
mediation awareness sessions.
It is for couples who disagree
with the terms of their separation and want to go to
court to contest it; they will be directed to mediation
under a new protocol. The Ministry of Justice and the
Judiciary have agreed that mediation must be considered
Couples who are planning to
contest the terms of their separation agreement will be
invited to attend one mediation session. This session
will be a chance for both parties to find out what
mediation has to offer, allowing them to decide whether
mediation is the right way forward for them.
As of the 6th April 2014 the
Family Procedure Rules will include this requirement.
This will mean that whoever it is that is looking to
bring a case to court will need to attend an appointment
with a professional mediator. The mediator will then
contact the other party and arrange a meeting. This
meeting or mediation awareness session is to explain the
process to the couple, either together or individually.
The importance of this meeting is that the person
wishing to bring a case to court will need to provide
evidence that they have attended the mediation awareness
session, otherwise their case for contesting the terms
of their separation agreement will not be accepted in
Prenuptial Agreements to become
Law Commission is preparing a consultation paper on
pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. There will be
several different options included in the consultation
paper. As things are at the moment the courts do not
have to adhere to what has been drawn up in a pre-nup or
marriages break down and people get divorced there is
very often long traumatic wrangling over the finances.
It is believed that this would be greatly reduced by
pre-nup or post-nup agreements. Having an agreement in
place would give a certain amount of predictability to
the outcome should there be a divorce......more