The Justice Secretary, Dominic Raab is keen to introduce new ‘incentives’ and ‘disincentives’ to ‘spare children the trauma of seeing their parents fight it out at court’.  

WOW! Where has the time gone!


Winstanley Mediation is excited to announce that we have added a further member to our team, Mediator Jude Stevenson.

The government has today announced that it is investing £1m in family mediation, to support families to resolve issues relating to children. Under the scheme, the Ministry of Justice will provide contributions of up to £500 per family, to resolve issues relating to children following parental separation. Mediation will be provided by Family Mediation Council Accredited (FMCA) mediators and the fund will reduce the costs of mediation for at least 2000 families.

So today we are 2!  It only seems like yesterday we started, and at the same time, like we have been here forever! 

Still passionate, still keen to help make a difference and still committed to working with families to help them focus on the future.

An overwhelming majority vote by MP’s on 8 June 2020, brought a ‘no fault divorce’ in England and Wales another step closer.

Currently, there is one ground for divorce and that is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. 

Last week ITV Granada Reports looked at whether remote court hearings in family cases are helping or hindering the legal system. Working remotely and practising social distancing it seems, despite the total lockdown situation being gradually relaxed, is likely to continue for many months.

These unprecedented times have certainly been difficult for everyone.   More so undoubtedly, for those who were already contemplating separation, living together but separate lives or in an abusive relationship.

Whilst the family courts are doing their upmost to try and avoid delay in hearing cases by hearing them remotely, Sir Andrew McFarlane recently adjourned matters in the case of RE P (A Child: Remote Hearing) due to them being ‘unsuitable’ to be heard remotely.

COVID 19 has meant that there has been a rise in complaints of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse can take many forms and can include emotional, psychological, financial and mental abuse as well as physical.

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