Mediation fails to reduce litigation over children

Since the obligation to consider mediation was introduced in April 2011, requiring parties to first attend a meeting about mediation, recent figures show it has had a limited impact on the number of children involved in private family law cases. It has to be appreciated that not every case is appropriate for the mediation process, however, the figures show that it has not had as much of an impact on behaviour as the government might have hoped.

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