“Anyone considering divorce or separation should be aware of major changes to family court procedures from 6th April 2011”, says Lisa Turner, family lawyer at Tallents in Southwell. “The Family Procedure Rules 2010 have been made by the government in the hope that this will reduce the number of divorces being dealt with my the courts, as children and money disputes will be settled during mediation instead.” She continues, “All divorcing or separating couples with disputes will be referred to mediation before being allowed to go to court. “Couples will have to attend an initial discussion, known as a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting, to see if disputes can be settled more harmoniously than by entering into court proceedings. The new rules intend to save not only court time, but also reduce costs for clients.” The family law team at Tallents have significant experience in helping clients resolve child and financial matters arising from divorce or separation, as partner Andrew Stout is also a Collaborative Family Lawyer. In addition, all family law team members have been fully briefed on the recent changes. Lisa finishes, “At a very emotional time, we understand that clients want to reach an agreement that is fair for both sides and in the best interests of any children involved in the process. We work closely with our clients to reach an acceptable agreement without protracted and expensive court proceedings.” Lisa will be able to see clients at Tallents’ Southwell office by appointment, call 01636 813411 to discuss any issues you may have.
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