Where now for mediation? (Law Society Gazette)

2 February 2024

The Law Society Gazette has published an article by Parter, Graham Coy, on what is next for mediation after the government announced it has shelved plans to make mediation compulsory for separating parents in England and Wales. 

In March of last year, the government proposed a significant change to the family justice system. The idea was to make mediation mandatory for couples going through a separation, with the intention of sparing countless children from the distress of seeing their parents engaged in bitter legal disputes. However, these plans have since been put on hold by the government.

Graham writes: "To suggest it should be compulsory demonstrated a lack of awareness of how the process works and failed to recognise that compulsion was likely to achieve the opposite effect to what was intended." 

Read the full article here

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