Quoted in the BBC News: One Fifth of Divorces Wrongly End Up in Court

The ‘Family Solutions Group Report’, a report written by Helen Adam that looks into ways we can reframe support for families following parental separation, has been quoted in a recent BBC News article by the President of the Family Courts. The article recognises that too many divorce cases are going to court, which in turn puts a strain on resources, drags out already lengthy processes, and ultimately runs the risk of harming children during the divorce process.

You can read the full article here

Family courts: One fifth of divorces wrongly ending up in court - top judge


No-Fault Divorce: The Vital Catalyst For Lawyer-Mediator Collaboration?

As of April 6th, 2022, no-fault divorce law was passed in England and Wales. Juliette Shaw, one of our expert Divorce Consultants, recently wrote an article for Lawyer Monthly that evaluates whether this change is the catalyst needed to encourage mediators and lawyers to work more collaboratively in future divorce cases. Juliette identifies that: “We need to move away from the adversarial approach inherent in our legal system toward holistic support for the whole family” and instead offer a new, collaborative approach to divorce. Encouragingly, Juliette explains that: “Collaborative law and mediation are more popular than ever, offering the opportunity for clients to work together rather than against each other in an adversarial legal system with little control over the cost.”

You can read the full article below:

No-Fault Divorce: The Vital Catalyst For Lawyer-Mediator Collaboration?

At The Wells Group, our aim is to take stress and uncertainty out of the divorce process by offering clients a fixed fee package of support from legal, financial, mediation, therapeutic and parenting experts. We want to provide families with a calm and orderly environment where all elements of the divorce process are offered under one umbrella. To book a free consultation, contact us today.

We’ve Been Featured in Local Lifestyle!

We are delighted to be featured in Local Lifestyle – Tunbridge Well’s local lifestyle and community magazine. In June’s edition, the magazine discusses our recent launch at the Tunbridge Wells Hotel. Take a look below:

To read the full article, click here.

Here at The Wells Group, our unique, groundbreaking service has been designed to change the way divorce is done. For a process that is calm and compassionate, get in touch with a friendly member of our team today.

Mental Health Awareness Week: Why Using A Mediator Can Reduce The Stress Of A Divorce

With ‘no fault divorce’ having come into force last month, more couples than ever are opting for mediation as a preferable route to reaching an agreement during the divorce process. Absolving the need to go to court, mediation is growing in popularity due to its increased speed, reduced cost, and diminished conflict and stress.

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week (Monday 9 May to Sunday 15 May 2022), our very own Jane Kerr collaborated with Index Digital to discuss 10 reasons why, in light of the recent law change, using a mediator instead of a solicitor can reduce the stress of a divorce.

Read the full feature here:

10 Lessons On Why Using A Mediator Can Reduce The Stress Of A Divorce

Our current adversarial legal system can be stressful, lengthy, and expensive for the separating family at a vulnerable time in their lives. That’s why we have created a tailored package of support from a range of experts including trained lawyers, child consultants, and fully accredited mediators to guide you smoothly throughout the entire divorce process, without acrimony and rising expense. For more information, get in contact today. 

Are Emotions Genderless? Discussing Divorce, Emotions and Gender with iNews

We all experience pain, but why is the idea that women are more emotional than men so persistent?

Our founding partner, @HelenAdam3, was invited to discuss this notion with iNews by considering her experiences with clients during the divorce process. She commented that it would be “impossible” to predict who will or will not become emotional during mediation based on gender and that it is a person’s upbringing and personality that has a far greater influence on their emotional response to divorce.

You can read the full interview below:

We all experience pain – Kenny Shiels’ claim that women are more ’emotional’ than men is a myth

Here at The Wells Group, we understand the importance of offering emotional support during separation and divorce. That’s why our unique divorce package includes a ‘Wellbeing’ session with an accredited therapist to talk about how you are coping, what is going well and what is challenging, and whether any specific support may be needed to see you through this difficult time. For more information, please contact us today. 

Time for Climate Change in the Family Justice System

How does a family justice system, with 150 years of legal development behind it, reduce adversity? Is it even possible?

Our founding partner, @HelenAdam3, Chair of the Family Solutions Group, was invited to deliver this lecture at the Family Justice Council conference. She commented: ‘An adversarial system for separating families is a bit like the carbon combustion engine; thought to be a useful vehicle for dealing with a family breakdown when it evolved but we now know it’s harmful. Other safer ‘greener’ methods are urgently needed.’ You can read the full speech below:

Bridget Lindley Memorial Lecture 2022

Here at The Wells Group, we are committed to ensuring the best outcomes for children when parents separate. That’s why we offer all families an invitation for child inclusive mediation as part of our divorce process. For more information, speak to a professional today.  


Jane Kerr Interviewed on Kent Online

As of April 6th, 2022, no-fault divorce was introduced in England and Wales. Watch below as Jane Kerr, one of our expert Divorce Consultants, discusses this law change in more detail, including what it means for couples, their children, and law firms across the country.

Here at The Wells Group, we are excited to soon be launching a unique new holistic divorce service to couples across Kent and the surrounding areas. We have worked closely with our partners to design a new service that provides couples with a tailored support package complete with divorce mediation, therapeutic support, financial advice, and child-inclusive mediation. To learn more about this new service, you can get in contact with one of our friendly divorce experts today.

We’ve Been Featured on ITV!

We were incredibly excited to watch one of our founding partners and divorce experts, Jane Kerr, featured on ITV Meridian to discuss the new no-fault law which came into force on 6th April 2022. The feature describes the new law as one of the biggest changes to divorce laws in history, with couples no longer needing to apportion blame when requesting a divorce. You can watch Jane’s thoughts on the latest legislation below:

Here at The Wells Group, we are committed to guiding couples through the divorce process, without acrimony and rising costs. To get more information about our fixed-fee service, please get in touch with a member of our expert divorce team today.

No Time to Fight: No-Fault Divorce Coming into Effect April 2022

On 6th April, no-fault divorce will be coming into effect in England and Wales. The new Divorce Act will allow couples to end their marriage jointly, rather than needing to apportion blame to the other party.

With the current system, couples are required to prove one of the five grounds for divorce. For decades, this has coerced couples into feeling the need to apportion blame to their partner, resulting in a more hostile divorce process. By removing this requirement, the new Act is designed to encourage a more collaborative approach to divorce.

The introduction of no-fault divorce is long overdue. However, legislative change alone is not enough to protect children from the effects of family breakdowns. The Family Solutions Group is urging the government to do more to put child welfare at the centre of family separation. One way this can be achieved is by reframing our national vocabulary to eliminate the combative subtext that is still so prevalent during the divorce process.

In a comment released today, Helen Adam, one of the founders of The Wells Group and chair of the Family Solutions Group says:

“We can no longer ignore the mental health risks for children and parents by framing all family separations as legal disputes. If the only provision on offer is one which pits parents against each other during a time of already heightened emotions, then we are simply adding fuel to the fire of separation.

Some families need the robust protection of a court order but most families need a safe space to talk rather than the boxing ring. Now is the time for change. It’s time for a gentler, more relational approach for the many thousands of families who separate each year.”

You can read the full article here.

Here at The Wells Group, we are committed to ensuring the best outcomes for children when parents separate. That’s why we offer all families an invitation for child inclusive mediation as part of our divorce process. For more information, speak to a professional today.

Language Matters: An End to Custody Battles

For many years, family lawyers, mediators and judges have been frustrated to hear family law incorrectly referenced in the media, arts, and by the public in general. One continually hears reference to the term ‘custody’ when in fact this was abolished by the Children Act in 1991.  Similarly, there’s a language of battles, when the law expects parents to cooperate with each other wherever safe to do so. Only yesterday there was a play on the radio which  referred to ‘the main carer’s rights’. Aaagh!

There’s great news this month and hopes for change. First of all, the President of the Family Division[1] has been promoting the importance of using the right language in the context of family law, quoting extensively from this article by Helen Adam in Family Law:   https://www.familylaw.co.uk/news_and_comment/language-matters-time-to-reframe-our-national-vocabulary-for-family-breakdown2

This article highlights the many changes to family and relationships over the last 50 years, and the important progress made in many aspects of our modern vocabulary, for example the removal of gender-biased and racist language from everyday speech. Yet we still carry the unfortunate legacy that family breakdown is an adversarial legal process conducted against a backdrop of aggression and conflict.

A new language around family breakdown is needed to ensure safety and to protect the children of parents who separate.

Launching this week is a new initiative: the Family Law Language Project. This was borne out of a recommendation by the Family Solutions Group for correct language to be used in all references to family law, bringing an end to the unhelpful and potentially harmful terminology so often heard. Emma Nash, a London solicitor, has pulled this together with a team of family professionals. Their hope is to make it user-friendly, to demystify terms which are difficult to understand, and gently to correct those words which so often crop up and which in fact have no place in family law at all.


Well done Emma! We’re really excited by this new initiative and hope it will be the start of a new language – one which is less intimidating and more reflective of the needs of families going through a difficult transition time, and mindful of the wellbeing of children.

Helen is one of the founding partners of The Wells Group. She is a Senior Mediator and Child Consultant. Helen is the mediator representative on the Private Law Working Group, which is examining how family law disputes are currently resolved in England and Wales, and how that might be improved.  In 2020 Helen was invited to become Chair of the Family Solutions Group (a sub-group of the PrLWG), and its report “What about me?”, focusing on the needs of the child following family separation, was published on 12 November 2020.

[1] https://www.judiciary.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Supporting-Families-in-Conflict-Jersey.pdf

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