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Family law: what to expect in 2015

Josh McEvoy takes a look at the year ahead in family law and predicts that practitioners are in for another eventful year

7 January 2015

In many ways, 2014 proved to be a momentous year for family law developments with the Children and Families Act 2014 receiving Royal Assent, and the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act coming into force. With a general election fast approaching in May, there is no reason to suspect that 2015 will not be similarly busy as any new government will look to bring in their own family law policies. Here we look ahead to some of the major developments affecting families that we might expect to see over the next twelve months.

Mediation

The push towards mediation and other forms of dispute resolution is expected to continue in the coming year as the government and the courts continue to make concerted efforts to steer couples away from the courtrooms. The Children and Families Act 2014 has made it a requirement to attend a family Mediation, Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) to consider whethe...

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