Monthly Archives: March 2015

Mediation: a Cost Effective Solution

When a relationship ends or a child contact issue occurs, it’s not only stressful; it can be a financial strain as well. Mediation is an excellent alternative for many people. It can be less contentious, and is typically more affordable.
Less Financial Strain
Suzy Miller, author of The Alternative Divorce Guide, compared measuring the financial cost of a divorce, dissolution of a civil partnership or child contact dispute to a ball of string that never stops unraveling. If you’d like to explore an option that is often more cost effective, you may wish to pursue mediation.
An Alternative to Court
Mediation gives former partners the opportunity to come to a resolution in an environment that is neutral, private and safe. It can address matters relating to children, property and finances in a more flexible manner than proceeding to court.
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Wasted Costs: Do As You’re Told!

The Honourable Mr Justice Keehan has rattled the legal cage in the case of HU v SU [2015] EWFC 18, by highlighting the issue of Wasted Costs. Yes, two words placed together that strike fear into most advocates.
A Case of Wasted Costs
The facts of the case were not unusual. A father wanted a relationship with his children but the mother did not believe it was in the best interest of the children. Allegations had been raised and a ‘fact finding’ hearing had been ordered. The court made a direction for police disclosure of relevant identified documents by a set time.
Unfortunately there were difficulties with the mother’s legal aid. Therefore the direction for police disclosure was not acted on. This led to delay in procuring the police disclosure. This did not sit well with the court.
The Judgement
Mr Justice Keehan deals specifically with…

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Wyatt v Vince and the Winds of Change

In legal terms, getting a divorce is fairly straightforward. It’s dealing with the money side of things that can prove difficult and getting this put into the form of a Court Order.
Dismissing the Idea
Perhaps you and your ex decide you just don’t need to go there.  Perhaps neither of you own much. Or perhaps you’re selling the house and just splitting the proceeds equally and don’t feel you need to go to Court and run up legal costs when you are both agreed.
Is this you? Think again after this cautionary tale which has gone all the way to the Supreme Court today.
 Wyatt v Vince
Dale Vince and Kathleen Wyatt separated after a two-year marriage in 1984 and finally divorced in 1992. This was all so long ago that the Court doesn’t have the file any more so nobody can prove what orders were made. Dale and Kathleen hadn’t been rich in…

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School Admission Appeals

It’s that time of year again, when parents of 500,000 11 year olds find out whether their children had been allocated their first choice secondary school. 
The Statistics
It is expected 85 per cent of the children will have been allocated their first choice, with a further 10 per cent being allocated another of their choices and 5 per cent with a school they did not want.  About one in 17 families are expected to appeal with the majority of those paying for professional help, with some seeing a good state school as an alternative to private education.
School Admission Appeals
All School Admission Appeals are governed by the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (the Act) and the School Admissions Appeal Code 2012 (the Code).  If a parent chooses to appeal, they will have to set out their grounds of appeal and make statements and gather…

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