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Government to provide additional mediation funding

The Government has announced that it intends to provide additional funding of £10 million to help couples going through separation and divorce.

Lack of awareness of legal aid for family mediation

The impact on courts and families of legal aid reforms implemented in April 2013 are already becoming evident, says umbrella body National Family Mediation (NFM), with an increased number of court applications and a drop in the number of referrals to mediation.

Lack of awareness of non-court based divorce solutions

There is “patchy understanding” and “ill-founded scepticism” about alternatives to going to court during break-ups according to a new poll commissioned by family law body Resolution.

New law to promote mediation for separating couples

Separating parents and couples will be helped to avoid stressful court battles under a new law being introduced by the government.

Mediation is better - couples told as divorce rate rises

Thousands of couples who separate each year have been urged to spurn confrontational court battles and instead to try mediation to sort out disputes over finances and children – as new figures show divorce rates increased last year.

More Separating Couples to Receive Free Mediation

Free mediation is to be made available to more couples who are going through a separation, the Government has announced.

Report Recommends Children’s Involvement in Mediation

An advisory group set up by Justice Minister Simon Hughes to investigate the best ways for children to be involved in out-of-court dispute resolution processes has now published its final report.

Calls for Judges to Do More to Boost Mediation

Family charity, National Family Mediation (NFM) has called on judges and the wider family court system to do more to increase the take-up of family mediation.

Early Dispute Resolution Key to a Peaceful Christmas

While Christmas may seem a good while away, separated parents anxious about where their child will spend Christmas are being urged to take action now and set up a basic parenting plan.

More Action Required to Increase Take-Up of Mediation

A UK Government policy aimed at promoting the use of mediation between separating couples in England has been labelled an ‘embarrassing failure’ by national family charity National Family Mediation (NFM). 

Report Shines Spotlight on Step-Family Relationships

A recent report by relationship Relate and Relationships Scotland have given an interesting insight into the relationships between step-parents and their stepchildren, and how these relationships compare to that of biological parents.

Separating Couples Avoid ‘Compulsory’ Mediation Sessions

New research has cast further doubt over the success of the UK Government’s approach to encouraging a greater use of mediation amongst separating couples in England and Wales.

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