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Outsourcing Justice on Family Breakdown: A Road to Consent Orders

Date:21 JUN 2013

Chris Barton

Emeritus Professor of Family Law a Vice-President of the Family Mediators Association and Academic Door Tenant Regent Chambers


Grenville Jay

Barrister Regent Chambers

The authors consider  religious and civil arbitration as particular routes to consent orders and the weights that the court may attach to them. They first discuss the lessons to be learnt from the recent case of AI v MT  [2013] EWHC 100 (Fam) and from previous published comment upon it together with some disparate views expressed about Jewish and Muslim approaches to the matter. The discussion then turns to  the civil route with reference to the Institute of Family Arbitrators and the "Edgar" (Edgar v Edgar [1980] 3 All ER 887) criteria.

They  note the apparent lack of published research on the respective fates of these routes to consent order applications and suggest that the arbitral tribunal the rules applied and the cultural context in which it operates will all have relevance as AI v MT demonstrates and that the test...

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