Government Commits to Family Justice Review recommendations
The Government has decided to follow some of the recommendations
of the recent Independent Family Justice Review.
Although the number of family law cases started is generally
lower than it was two years ago, there is still concern that family
cases taken too long to go through the Court process.
Recently published Court statistics for the period of July -
September 2011 showed that on average Care proceedings took 55
weeks. The Government has pledged to introduce a six-month time
limit for care cases to be concluded.
Commenting on the Court statistics, Courts Minister, Jonathan
Djanogly said: "[they] show that sometimes the court process can
simply be too time consuming. That is why we have a comprehensive
reform programme underway".
The Family Justice Review recommendations also held out family
mediation as an area for growth, suggesting it should become 'the
norm' for divorcing couples seeking to resolve financial issues or
disputes about their children. A Ministry of Justice press release of 12 January
"We agree with the Panel's strong focus on mediation for
separating couples, as a more practical and amicable alternative to
court, especially for children. We will be increasing funding for
this [...] to £25 milliion a year"
The Government publish its full response to the Family Justice
Review in the near future.
If you are going through a break up, live in West
Yorkshire and are interested in trying family mediation, Switalskis
may be able to help you. Switalskis Family Mediation is a specialist
family mediation service that works with couples to resolve issues
around family breakdown, such as disuptes over finances and