Solicitors and courts to blame for limiting impact of MIAMs

Greater use of mediation in family proceedings has had a limited impact on the number of children involved in private family law cases, recent figures show.

Since the obligation to consider mediation was introduced in April 2011, the number of children involved in private family law cases has fallen by 2,755 from 59,093 in the six month period before the protocol was introduced, to 56,338 between January and June 2012, according to MoJ figures.

 

Ann Northover, head of family at Forsters, said solicitors circumventing the rules has undermined the government’s aim of encouraging parties to settle outside court.
 
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Jean Yves

IICJ

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22 Feb 2013 | Practice Area