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Family business | Family mediation a waste of time

Why is the government so intent on ?forcing people into mediation when this is ?patently not delivering the results, ?asks Marilyn Stowe

15 October 2012

Nine months on from the excitement surrounding the launch of family law arbitration, and over a year since the government introduced Mediation Information Assessment Meetings, has the alternative dispute resolution cause moved any further forwards?

I asked myself this question following Resolution’s Family Dispute Awareness week at the end of September. Far from triumphantly heralding the appetite for ADR in England and Wales, it was a reminder that the public is either unaware or indifferent to the options available to them outside of the court process.

A survey they conducted showed that 45 per cent of people believe that divorce involves a visit to court. And there were a further two statistics that illustrated just how conflicted and confused opinion is. While 53 per cent were keen on “ensuring that the divorce is as conflict-free as possible”, 40 per cent agreed that &ldqu...

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