by on 28th Jun 2012


EmmaThe Government has announced plans to invest £14 million in web-based downloadable “Apps” for home computers and mobile telephones.  The aim is to create a network of support services to help parents work together for the benefit of their children, including intensive counselling, emotional support and mediation.  The plans also include online and telephone advice.

“Helping parents appreciate the benefits for their children of promoting a positive working relationship is something the Coles Miller Family Team fully support,” comments Emma Hamilton Cole, Head of Coles Miller’s Family Law Department.  “We routinely advise clients about how trained and experienced non-legal professionals, such as specialist Family Coaches, can make the legal process of separation and divorce easier for both parents and children to cope with”.

These Government plans and funding come hot on the heels of recent legislation which, from April 2013, will severely cut the number of people eligible to receive legal aid. Those plans are intended to save several hundred million pounds of the tax payers money.

However, whilst information via the internet can provide useful help and guidance to people going through a relationship breakdown, it can still be very difficult to apply general legal principles to a specific set of circumstances.  Every relationship is different and family law relating to children and financial issues does not provide a “one rule fits all” solution.

Also, helping a couple sit down and have a constructive and non-confrontational conversation is not easy.  Therefore, members of Coles Miller’s Family Team have taken the time to specially train in order to provide separating couples with the options of attending mediation or the alternative of the collaborative family law process.  Both of these non-litigious options avoid the stress and expense of going to court to resolve problems which commonly arise when a relationship breaks down.

If you would like legal advice on a family issue then please contact Emma Hamilton Cole on 01202 694891, or one of her colleagues within the Family Team.