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Mediation in the age of reduced legal aid

We are currently in the third annual Family Dispute Resolution Week, a campaign organised by Resolution and supported by many family lawyers to promote alternative, non-court ways of resolving family disputes.

3 December 2014

Alternative dispute resolution methods have been available for many years, but mediation has only recently come to the fore. This follows the government’s sustained promotion of non-court options for resolving family disputes, heralded by the introduction in 2011 of mediation information and assessment meetings (MIAM) to provide couples seeking to commence family litigation with information on the alternatives.

There are now a wealth of effective, non-court options to explore:

  • Mediation: couples meet, aided by the neutral input and guidance of a mediator, to talk through issues and work towards agreeing on some common ground. The mediator will provide general legal information and help the parties reach consensus. It is normally helpful for the parties to have some legal advice in parallel with the process.

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