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Mediation Matters: Divorcing and separating – information, signposting and legal aid

Date:30 SEP 2014
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Chief Executive, NFM
Last week’s new MOJ / LAA legal aid and mediation data heralded repeated ‘bring back legal aid’ choruses from some quarters. In fact calls for a rethink came from a highly unlikely source when the Justice Minister himself asked for a review of the impact on children following the Children’s Commissioner’s Child’s Rights Impact Assessment .

The frenzy of legal aid concern from various places in recent weeks – reports and submissions of which the Children’s Commissioner’s was just one – might cause some to think some form of repeal or softening is in sight. But it’s just not realistic to expect ‘restoration magic wands’ to be waved now or next year or the year after that …or even the year after that.

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