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“What goes on behind closed doors….” Family mediation keeps it confidential.

A recent court case has reaffirmed that in most cases Mediation notes or a Mediation Summary cannot be used as evidence in court proceedings. The confidentiality of the mediation discussions is central to the mediation process and one of the reasons why mediation works in so many cases.  Parties to a mediation are able to…

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Can we finalise our divorce before the house is sold?

For the majority of people, their most significant asset is the family home.  So, it is not surprising that when it comes to dealing with the financial consequences surrounding divorce, questions about what will happen to the matrimonial home are usually top of the list. In most cases the home will be dealt with in…

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Do you collect children’s data online? Then make sure you are aware of the obligations

Children and technology; it’s a pairing that’s hard to split. In the modern world, it seems that toddlers can text before they can walk and woe betide the parent brave enough to try to get in-between their youngsters and their computers, smartphones, tablets, smart TVs or any of the millions of other devices that are…

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Are future earnings taken into account in a divorce settlement?

If you are contemplating getting divorced then your future financial security is likely to be a key concern, particularly if you gave up or compromised a promising career to look after children and support your spouse in their career.  High costs and scarcity of childcare can also make it necessary for one parent to give…

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Agreeing time with your children following separation

A separation will inevitably mean a change in the family dynamic, and you may be concerned about what this will mean for your relationship with your children.  New arrangements will have to be put in place in relation to where the children will reside, and what time they will spend with each parent.   ‘There…

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Family Mediation – Mediating in a socially distanced world

Since the UK lockdown in March, Covid-19 has forced people to change the way they work and embrace virtual reality as an alternative way to communicate with others during the pandemic. At Laceys Family Mediation, we too have embraced the online options for mediation. For most separating couples, whilst many aspects of daily life have been put…

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The Voice of a Child. Child Inclusive Mediation

Long gone are the days of ‘Children should be seen and not heard’ with greater effort now being made by the family justice system to ensure that a child’s wishes and feelings are sought, identified and put at the heart of decision making when parents separate. With the majority of cases being settled out of…

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Moving home?

Moving house can be complicated, with many people referring to it as ‘the most stressful time in their lives’. Choose the right conveyancer, and they will make the process as easy and stress-free as possible. A conveyancer has a vital role to play in handling all the legal aspects of your property sale or purchase…

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Living under lockdown with your ex-partner?

Asking a couple who are divorcing or separating to practice social distancing from each other is second nature in normal circumstances, as most contact post-separation is minimal, usually only to organise parenting time with their children. But these are not normal times or circumstances. The perverse cruelty of the Coronavirus pandemic is that separating couples…

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Do you have a Power of Attorney?

Powers of attorney are fundamental to life planning providing someone you trust the authority to make decisions on your behalf if you are no longer able to, or if you no longer want to make the decisions yourself. There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorneys (LPA), one covers decisions in relation to your…

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Moving on from a relationship?

The decision to separate never comes easy, even for those couples who resolved long ago that their relationship is over, taking the first step can still feel like opening a door to an unknown future, raising questions that generate fear and insecurity. Where will I live? When will I see my children? How can I…

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Do you post photos, blogs or videos on Social Media?

How often over the last few weeks in lockdown have you scrolled through your social media, posting moments of your life to stay connected with the outside world? Now, even more so than ever before, is a time when more and more aspects of our everyday life are moving online, through the likes of Twitter,…

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5 Key stages of the Conveyancing Process

The Conveyancing Process: How it works Conveyancing is the process of transferring ownership of a property from one person to another. As with many things in the legal world, the conveyancing system has a process that has to be adhered to. Behind every successful property transaction, our conveyancers work hard to make sure the property…

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Co-parenting after separation is hard. Read our 5 tips to help reduce conflict.

Parenting is hard and making the right decisions is a minefield, but add to the mix insecurities that come with separated parenting and there is no wonder that court applications about child arrangements are on the rise. However the court process comes at a cost, both financially and emotionally, and more importantly, a high and prolonged…

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