Separating couples involved in property or child disputes should speak to mediators before going to court, says Simon Hughes
The new justice minister, Simon Hughes, whose departmental responsibilities include family law, has backed government plans to make mediation mandatory for separating couples.
The requirement – ensuring that those involved in disputes about property or agreeing child contact times speak to professional mediators before going to court – is contained in the children and families bill. It is expected to come into force in April.
Mediation involves couples holding discussions, co-ordinated by a certified mediator, in an initial attempt to reach an agreement that …read more