With all the media furore and talk of divorce of Britain from the EU I thought it made sense to draw some parallels to divorce and separation, in their usual sense, in a family situation.
One of the recent changes that has affected family law, in most of its forms, is the requirement that mediation has to be considered, before an application can be made to the court to sort out a family issue. This is often frustrating and bewildering to people. Many people feel that:
• They have already tried talking to the person involved, and it can't be sorted out amicably
• They can't even sit in the same room as that person, let alone have a civil conversation
• It won't resolve anything, and it will just delay things even further
• It is expensive and pointless.
Even if you are representing yourself, you will be required to consider mediation as an option unless you are exempt.
What is it?
Given that changes in the law are imminent in this area and press releases are taking place, this article aims to introduce readers to this important and current issue.
Reading an article in the news today about domestic violence and new guidance for the police and Crown Prosecution Service in relation to social media prompted me to write this blog as a reminder to all involved in relationship breakdown situations to take a minute to think before posting anything to social media.
The article can be seen on our Facebook page but in summary it is a recognition that the way of communication has changed and that abuse is often over social media rather than face to face or on the phone, particularly with the younger generation. The guidance takes on board that many victims of abuse were not being helped as social media postings were often not taken seriously by the police and action taken. This must serve as a warning to anyone posting abusive comments on social media that their actions could result in a prosecution and criminal record.
The warning must go further than that though. The dangers are not only posting directly abusive comments or harassing someone online but go much further with the increasing use of social media.