Sarah Hutchinson considers how a financial incentive scheme may help ease the burden on the courts

A Family Solutions Group report in November last year found the family justice system in crisis, with parents making an “unmanageable” number of applications; and courts – already suffering from significant backlogs as a result of the pandemic – “stretched beyond limits”. 

Commenting on the report, Sir Andrew MacFarlane said: “Where there are no issues of domestic abuse or child protection, parents ought to be able, or encouraged, to make arrangements for their own child”.

The government has launched a £1m mediation scheme to try and address this; couples can receive up to £500 towards the costs of family mediation.

To qualify, mediation mus...

Sarah Hutchinson
Farrer & Co

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