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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MIAMs: self-referrals on the rise

February 3, 2015 0 comments

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More people are attending MIAMs on their own than are being referred by a solicitor, a Ministry of Justice (MoJ) report has revealed. This represents a significant change in Mediation, Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) referrals since the legal aid cuts of 2012. Data was collected from mediators, case files and court staff to see…

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Government loosens mediation fee requirements

October 10, 2014 0 comments

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The government has published new draft guidance on mediation funding, in advance of changes to the rules. These changes are expected on 3 November 2014, in the form of amendments to the Civil Legal Aid (Financial Resources and Payment for Services) Regulations 2013. From November 3 on, when one party in family mediation is not…

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