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Minister claims mediation is the way forward
Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly has spoken out in praise of family mediators for giving separating families the opportunity to resolve their differences without resorting to court.
Mediation is often a quicker and cheaper way of resolving disputes which can lead to better outcomes and stop people having to go through the anxiety of attending court. New rules, which came into effect on 6th April, mean that anyone setting out to contest the terms of their separation in court will first be required to consider mediation.
Mr Djanogly said:
'Mediation is a quicker, cheaper and more amicable alternative, particularly where children are concerned.
'It is vital that, where possible, children continue to have a relationship with both parents as they grow up. Court can be intimidating for everyone involved and it is fantastic to see mediators working with agencies and parents to give them the skills they need to think about the best interest of the child – not just in the short term, but for the future too.'
'Many people repeatedly go to court to argue over matters they are better placed to sort out themselves - like securing 30 minutes extra contact time with their children or varying their allocated contact days. This is expensive and emotionally draining for all concerned. Parents are best placed to resolve these types of issues and mediation can help them do this.'
Research published by the Ministry of Justice shows that when couples use mediation first they are more likely to continue to mediate rather than go to court. The report also shows that fewer people needed further assistance with arrangements involving children after using mediation.
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