Family issues occur everyday and you need to be sure that you can speak to someone in confidence regarding your issue. You could be seeking a divorce and need advice on whether you can legally obtain a divorce. There of course are many routes around this and we always encourage mediation as a way to dispute resolution. We can arrange mediation for you on any family issue you may have whether it is written mediation or direct face-to-face mediation. If you wish to make any of the following please contact us:
Encouraging Agreement Rather Than Bringing Court Proceedings
It is generally recognised by those in the family justice system that court proceedings are not the best way of dealing with family disputes, in particular disputes about finance and property on divorce and about arrangements for children on breakdown. Going to court can be expensive, time-consuming, unpredictable and can increase hostility between the parties and have an effect on children. As a result Citizens Advice Law offers mediation as an alternative form of dispute resolution to that of going to court. There are also other ways in which agreement is promoted.
The Importance of Reaching Agreement
Most Private law family matters (such as those involving divorce, residence and contact) are settled by the parties themselves, and, despite the impression given by the number of reported cases, most cases do not go to court. If Citizens Advice Law is consulted we work within a conciliatory framework. Citizens Advice Law provides resolution, as an organisation of Paralegal caseworkers and professionals we believe in a constructive and non-confrontational approach to family law, which encourages the amicable resolution of family disputes and we adhere to Codes of Practice which govern the way in which Paralegal Caseworkers conduct our work.
Mediation and Consultation
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution whereby a mediator helps the parties identify the issues in dispute with the aim of reaching agreement. The mediator acts as an impartial third party to the dispute. It is the parties themselves who make the decision. It is not imposed by the mediator. At Citizens Advice Law the process is completely confidential. Mediation has many advantages. It avoids the cost, trauma, uncertainty and delay of court proceedings. It helps improve communication between the parties and reduces conflict and bitterness. It may also empower the parties and make them better able to deal with disputes in the future. Mediation can take place out-of-court or in court and is available from independent mediation agencies and also available at Citizens Advice Law.
Spouses (and former spouses) can seek remedies under Part IV of the Family Law Act 1996 and under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 to protect them from violence in the home.
Clare's Law - named after Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2009 - came into force across England and Wales in March 2014. At least 1,335 disclosures have been made so far, police figures obtained by the Press Association show.
Under Clare's Law, otherwise known as the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, men and women can request information about their partner, or third parties such as friends or relatives can make requests if they are "concerned".
Domestic Violence is a serious and frequently reported crime which the police treat as seriously as any crime. Police forces are required to draw up clear policy statements about intervention in domestic violence cases and to have special domestic violence units. Police are also required to support victims of domestic violence by, for instance, finding temporary accommodation for them, and keeping them informed about the case.
We are here to help you in all aspects of family law and we can deal with your enquiry in the strictest confidence.
Edited by Sukhdeep Dhillon