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Penny Booth: Unblocking blocked pipes

Date:2 MAR 2011

Penny BoothWhat a good idea it seems - get everyone to attend mediation and they will talk it all through come to an agreement and there will be no need to fund so many expensive court hearings as it will all be done by consent - and presumably smoke and mirrors. So - what's the problem?

Not enough mediators tight timetables and human haste.

No surprises there then. People want instant solutions to all their problems including the dangerously entangled family law ones. It will take more than a change in the rules to get people to change their attitudes alas. I fear that their expectations of mediation will be more like our rose-tinted cosy chats at the kitchen table anticipated by many in the wake of the original 1996 Family Law Act on divorce reform and less like realistic outcomes from participants who so often do not take their own responsibilities to compromise and share...

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