Four out of five couples ‘ignore MIAMs’

October 11, 2016 2 comments

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Four out of five divorced couples did not consider mediation, new research shows. Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings(MIAMS)  are used to highlight the benefits of mediation and have technically been compulsory since April 2014 for anyone planning to divorce in the family courts or pursue a disagreement regarding children. But research released earlier this year…

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MIAMs down in 2016

July 1, 2016 0 comments

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The number of people who attended Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) in the first three months of 2016 is lower than it was over the same period last year. Newly published Ministry of Justice figures have revealed that between January and March only 3,384 MIAMs were held. This represents a 14 per cent drop…

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Marilyn Stowe talks: call the family mediator?

June 22, 2016 2 comments

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Last night, the first in a three-part documentary series was shown on BBC2. Equal parts frustrating and intriguing,  Mr v Mrs: Call the Mediator offered a behind-the-scenes look at professional mediators struggling to steer different divorcing couples through this much discussed alternative to the family court. In this video I give my own reactions and…

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MIAMs fall to new low

April 4, 2016 3 comments

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The number of mediation information and assessment meetings (MIAMs) has fallen to a new low. MIAMs have been compulsory for anyone contemplating taking a familiar dispute to court since April 2014. They are designed to encourage participants to explore mediation and consider whether it might be a suitable way to address their dispute. They were…

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Number of people in family mediation rises

December 19, 2015 1 comment

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The number of people using mediation to resolve family disputes has risen, the government announced this week. In their figures for the third quarter of 2015 – July to September – the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) revealed that the number of mediation sessions started was 19 per cent higher than last year. The MoJ admitted…

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Mediation increase reported by government

September 28, 2015 0 comments

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The number of mediation ‘starts’ increased by a third in the three months to June, the government has announced. In a new bulletin on legal aid statistics for the second quarter of 2015, the Ministry of Justice reports a 33 per cent increase in the number of times families at loggerheads began mediation, when compared…

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Rise in private law could indicate mediation failure

August 27, 2015 0 comments

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A recent rise in ‘private’ family cases could mean efforts to encourage mediation are ineffective, Resolution has claimed. The family law organisation highlighted recent figures from Cafcass showing a steady increase in legal disputes between individuals involving children: the number of such cases referred to the service has now risen when compared to last year…

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Mediation rates ‘increasing’ amongst divorced couples

August 11, 2015 13 comments

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There has been a surge in the number of divorcing couples turning to mediation, a national organisation has claimed. National Family Mediation (NFM), based in Exeter, reports that it received an average of 3,400 calls per month enquiring about the option over the first six months of this year, more than twice the monthly average…

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Charity calls for judges to push mediation

June 29, 2015 0 comments

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A legal charity has called for judges to direct more people towards mediation. In response to Ministry of Justice (MoJ) figures which revealed the number of people who choose mediation to resolve family disputes is still very low, charity National Family Mediation (NFM) said judges should do more to address the problem. The official figures…

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