MIAMS Jan - March 2020 MIAMS starts were 13% higher
MIAMS 15% higher in 2019 (Ministry of Justice 20.3.2020)
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THE DIVORCE, DISSOLUTION AND SEPARATION ACT 2020, seeks to introduce 'no fault' divorce, received its second reading in the House of Lords on 5 February 2020. Royal Assent was given on 25 June 2020 and it is hoped that it will be introduced into law in Autumn 2021.
Using statistical figures produced by the ONS, the Ministry of Justice's Family Court Statistics Quarterly 2018 report indicates that as a result of divorce centres processing a backlog of work last year, divorce petitions increased by 8 per cent in 2018. This is more in line with the number of petitions seen prior to the low number in 2017. The 2018 backlog of work also resulted in a five-week increase to the average time taken from date of petition to decree absolute in 2018 (to 54.3 weeks). As a result, the ONS expect this to translate into a higher number of completed divorces in 2019 compared with 2018.
MEDIATION POST LEGAL AID SENTENCING & PUNISHMENT OF OFFENDERS ACT 2012 (LASPO)
This Act removed Legal Aid for many case but retained funding for mediation, The Children & Families Act 2014 placed a statutory requirement for all to attend mediation prior to court proceedings (save for emergencies and in cases of domestic violence).
In October -December 2018 mediations rose 6%
Article Family Law Week
18 May 2018 The Marriage Foundation has helped the Oglesby Charitable Trust set up the Family Stability Network FASTN has recently been registered as a separate organisation with the Charity Commission. Its first campaign, Status, is making great progress with Facebook posts reaching over 300,000 people each month, on its Better Breakups Campaign
4 December 2018 The Civil Justice Council (CJC) published a New Report on Alternative Dispute Resolution chaired by the Master of the Rolls Sir Terrence Etherton making a number of recommendations on ADR and its position within the civil justice system and resolving disputes without going to court.
The Psychology of Conflict: Mediating in a Diverse World. Paul Randolph (2016)
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