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family mediation services nationwide suffered a downturn in 2013 after the
Government overhauled legal aid, the signs for the profession are positive in
the first half of 2014.
varies across the country, but in a number of our service areas increases of 30
to 40 per cent in numbers of people attending mediation compared with the same
period in 2013 are common.
There is no
doubt a greater proportion of people are reaching agreement through mediation,
realising they can successfully settle family matters in an affordable
it’s clear the change in the law effective from April has signalled an upturn,
family mediation is not yet out of the woods. Our mediators and managers will
continue working tirelessly to show the value of mediation, which is quicker,
less stressful and usually cheaper than going to court.'
often report a quiet time during the summer, but referrals were unseasonably
high in August this year. And after the holiday period, September signals a
return to the routine of work and school. Very often this is when couples make
decisions to separate, as the temporary glimmer of hope signalled by the
sunshine and break-in-routine is well and truly
Report of the Family Mediation Task Force
The Family Mediation Task Force, chaired by David Norgrove, has published its first s...
Mediation Matters: Let professional mediators and solicitors work together so mediation thrives
When the Government’s Family Mediation Task Force report was
published early in Jul...
Mediation Matters: Unlocking an understanding of mediation
Who says August is a quiet month? It’s not traditionally
noted for major Government...
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