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Divorce terminology explained

Divorce terminology explained

Below are a list of legal terms relating to divorce explained: Divorce suit – the process which leads to the ending of the marriage. Civil Partnership – a registered partnership between partners of the same sex equivalent to marriage. Petition – a document that starts the divorce proceedings. Petitioner – the person who star...

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Mr v Mrs: Call the Mediator – A review

Mr v Mrs: Call the Mediator – A review

The documentary has raised the profile of family mediation and provided some insight into what can go on behind closed doors. There were a cross-section of family disputes to include: marital breakdown, division of financial assets, and arrangements for a child. As a practising family and divorce mediator, my interest was more in highlighting the [...

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Re-think your social media etiquette after a break-up

Re-think your social media etiquette after a break-up

Social media is an integral part of our daily lives, and sites such as Facebook and Twitter encourage you to share your thoughts and activities with others. However, if you’re going through a separation or divorce, it’s wise to be aware of some of the pitfalls when using social media. It’s becoming increasingly common for [&hellip...

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Don’t delay your divorce financial settlement. Here’s why…

Don’t delay your divorce financial settlement. Here’s why…

Contrary to popular belief, getting divorced (i.e. obtaining decree absolute) does not automatically dismiss the financial claims that you have against each other. If you would like financial certainty then I recommend you deal with these financial claims at the same time as the divorce. Recently, the Supreme Court permitted an ex-wife (Kathleen Wy...

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Can I name my child whatever I want?

Can I name my child whatever I want?

A child’s name must be registered within 42 days of birth. Over the years there has been changes in taste and fashion for baby names, for example, unusual names include Apple, Zowie, Trixibelle, River, and Bear. The most popular boy and girl baby names for 2015 were Muhammad and Olivia. As a parent you can […]

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Advantages of family mediation

Advantages of family mediation

Mediation can take a broader approach than litigation, addressing issues individual to the people involved, which allow for more creative and personalised solutions. Other advantages include: You both decide the pace of progress by scheduling more or less frequent appointments, which are not subject to the same timetabling issues as court proceedin...

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