Family mediation needs more support from government

With lingering tension between lawyers and mediators, alternative dispute resolution must be given greater practical encouragement by judges and government if it is to 
become mainstream, says Graham Coy

16 Dec 2013

Monday 25 November 2013 marked the beginning of Resolution’s Family Dispute Resolution Week, an initiative aimed at raising awareness of the alternatives to going to court for separating couples and their families.

Ironically the previous working day had seen the nadir in the six-and-a-half-year litigation between Michelle and Scot Young with the final judgment of Mr Justice Moor. During that time, Mrs Young had spent an estimated £6.4m in legal costs; there had been 65 preliminary hearings taking 20 days of court time; and Scot Young had twice been found to be in contempt of court and had been sentenced to a six months’ prison term for repeatedly refusing to provide ful...

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