"I want to see children and their parents spared the stress and conflict of the courtroom as much as possible, and I'm delighted that thousands more will now have the opportunity to resolve their disputes in less combative way.

At the same time, it will free up vital capacity in the family courts to ensure the system can recover quickly from the pandemic."

For more information about the government family mediation scheme click https://www.gov.uk/government/news/family-mediation-scheme-to-help-thousands-more-parents

 £1.3 MILLION Deputy Prime Minister: Dominic Rabb  
                                                   promotes and funds family mediation 

 COMPULSORY MEDIATION ? June 2021 

 Civil Justice Council Report
https://www.judiciary.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Civil-Justice-Council-Compulsory-ADR-report.pdf

  • The legality question: we have concluded that parties can lawfully be compelled to participate in ADR.

  • The desirability question: we think we have identified conditions in which compulsion to participate in ADR could be a desirable and effective development.

MIAMS: What is a MIAM?      Family Justice Council 

https://www.familymediationcouncil.org.uk/family-mediation/assessment-meeting-miam

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THE DIVORCE, DISSOLUTION AND SEPARATION ACT 2020,   introduced 'no fault' divorce and Royal Assent was given on 25 June 2020 and it is hoped that it will be introduced into law on  6.4.2022. All divorce will be online at MyHMCTS.

KUMAR V LONDON BOROUGH OF HILLINGDON 2020 Mrs Justice Collins Rice, dealing with the Local Authority in a Special Education Needs told Hillingdon in no uncertain terms to just get on with it,

          '….the case for getting this mediation back on foot...... is pressing, and Hillingdon must now do so'.

The way in which it can be a appoached must not allow unequal power, and if participants wish to use lawyers, this should be allowed to ensure no manifest unfairness could arise.

https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2020/3326.html

CAFCASS ADVICE FOR CARERS & COVID https://www.cafcass.gov.uk/covid-19/

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 https://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed201049

BOOK The Psychology of Conflict: Mediating in a Diverse World. Paul Randolph (2016)

Making Mediation Work for You: A Practical Handbook. Kate Aubrey-JohnsonHelen Curtis (2012)

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OTHER NEWS AND USEFUL LINKS:



http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/england/relationships_e/relationships_relationship_problems_e/ending_a_marriage.htm



EUROPEAN CODE OF CONDUCT FOR MEDIATORS