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Private Law Reform

Date:1 MAY 2014

Family Law special issue

The Hon Mr Justice Cobb

This paper outlines the ongoing work of the Private Law Working Group (PLWG) - commissioned in July 2013 by the President of the Family Division to formulate recommendations on reform of private family law.  The paper reviews some of the principal consequences of the implementation of LASPO 2012 as assessed by the PLWG: large numbers of LiPs in the family court the range of issues facing families in breakdown the high number of applications since April 2013 and the diminishing availability of mediation services.  The paper describes features of the Child Arrangements Programme designed in this climate to promote swift safe and durable outcomes for children ideally through dispute resolution services and to moderate the challenges facing those who seek effective access to justice through the courts. It emphasises the need for proper support of the scheme if it is to operate effectively in the interests of children.  The paper concludes with a...

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