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Data released by Cafcass reveals the full impact of reforms to the family justice system

According to data on private law demand recently released by Cafcass (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service), the impact of several years of changes to the family just system can be revealed. Resolution, the organisation which represents family lawyers and other divorce professionals in England and Wales, has issued a statement on the figures released by Cafcass: The Cafcass figures from April 2014 onwards show a month-on-month reduction in applications issued. This coincides with the introduction of compulsory Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) on 22 April 2014. This could mean one of two things. First, either the …
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National Association of Child Contact Centres launches a new campaign to highlight their services

This week sees the launch of a new campaign by the National Association of Child Contact Centres which will highlight the services offered to divorced and separated parents through Child Contact Centres. Before the recent changes to the Legal Aid system, the majority of separating or divorcing couples would see a family lawyer for guidance, advice and information. At this point parents would have been made aware of the services offered by Child Contact Centres with many parents being referred to one of the centres. However, since the changes to the Legal Aid system, the number of parents who are …
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Could pension changes trigger a rise in the number of post-retirement divorces?

According to an article published in the Telegraph last month, divorce lawyers are anticipating an increase in the number of ‘middle class stay-at-home wives’ who are planning on utilising their new found funds to divorce their husbands. An overhaul to the pension systems is due to come into effect in April this year and will make it cheaper and much easier for people to draw out money from their pension fund, rather than paying into a pension plan. The article in the Telegraph speculates that an unintended consequence of the divorce reforms could be that, rather simply consider divorce and …
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Divorce Day

Often referred to as ‘divorce day’, the first working day after the Christmas break has become something of a tradition as the busiest day of the year for divorce lawyers as they are inundated with queries from people looking for advice on divorce. Christmas is notorious for putting a strain on relationships and according to statistics, at this time of year there is a one in five chance that you’re considering divorcing your partner. The implications of this surge in divorces and separation can prove to be huge, especially for couples who co-habit and have children but are not married. …
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Study reveals the collapse of the two-parent family

The latest batch of data released by the Millennium Cohort study has revealed that the number of children who are living with both of their parents has plummeted by a third in the space of just one generation. Over one in three children will, by the time they finish primary school, have had to cope with a major upheaval to their home life such as seeing their parents divorce or separate. However, although the study shows evidence of a strong link between the breakdown of families and issues such as poverty or behavioural issues, it also demonstrates that despite all …
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Whatever you’re doing this Christmas we hope you have a happy and relaxing time. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this year’s blog posts – we’re taking a short break from blog writing over the next couple of weeks but will be back with lots of news, advice and information in 2015. Our services are designed to help families cope with the stress of divorce and you feel as though you need support and advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. At Dovetail Divorce we understand the difficulties that families face during a divorce and our team of divorce specialists …
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Coping with Christmas apart

Traditionally seen as a time of year when families spend time with each other, Christmas is supposed to be a time to relax and enjoy a much needed break from the hectic day-to-day routines of family life. However, as many parents will know, the Christmas period can also bring additional stresses and strains such as worries over money and the challenge of ensuring that the children have a special time. For divorced or separated parents the stresses and strains that many of us feel at this time of year are heightened as they struggle to give their children a happy …
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Young people feel that exam results suffer because of divorce

According to a major survey carried out by Resolution, the organisation which represents family law professionals in England and Wales, young people feel that their exam results suffer as a direct result of their parent’s divorce or separation. Resolution published the results of the survey today and the data also reveals that the 14-22 year olds who took part, feel that parental separation can lead to young people missing school, turning to alcohol and, in some cases, experimenting with drugs. Jo Edwards, the Chair of Resolution, made the following comment: “These new findings show the wide-ranging impact of divorce and …
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Call for employees going through divorce to be given more support

The Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith has said that companies should offer support to employees going through divorce to help prevent them leaving work and ending up on benefits. According to the Pensions Secretary, many people struggle with stress and anxiety at work as a result of family breakdown and that the Government was planning on encouraging companies to put more effort into identifying those at risk, providing support to help keep them in work. A pilot scheme is being expanded by the Department of Work and Pensions designed to ensure that people who have mental health problems and are …
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Could arbitration help solve difficult divorce cases?

We’ve just read an interesting article on the Huffington Post website which asks whether mediators should make more use of arbitration services when mediated divorce cases stick. Suzy Miller’s article looks at how family arbitration could become as a highly regarded as it now is in the United States and Canada as a way for couples to navigate through difficult divorce discussions. Although family arbitration is a relatively new idea in England and Wales and according to Suzy Miller it has the potential to offer a number of benefits to couples going through divorce. What is family arbitration and what …
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