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Mediation Matters: Modernising divorce means trusting separating families to shape their own futures

Date:20 APR 2018
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Chief Executive, NFM

The Chief Executive of National Family Mediation returns with a regular column

Not for the first time, the President of the Family Division made waves last month when, in a wide-ranging speech, he argued for the modernisation of a number of areas of family law.

Sir James Munby is due to retire later this year and, typically, didn’t mince his words when speaking to the Edinburgh Law School. Divorce is ‘very badly in need of reform’, he said, drawing renewed attention to the notorious case of Owens v Owens [2017] EWCA Civ 182, [2018] 1 FLR 1002, whose Court of Appeal case he oversaw, repeating his assertion that 'the law which the judges have to apply and the procedures which they have to follow are based on hypocrisy and lack of intellectual honesty', and that 'the law is badly out-of-date, indeed antediluvian'.

Read the full article here.