Mediation

Child contact charity reports fall in solicitors’ referrals

The proportion of referrals from solicitors to the National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC) has fallen by 46 percentage points since 2009/10.

Price of success: the hidden costs of financial dispute resolution hearings

FDRs were going to make divorce proceedings fairer and faster but instead they have led to mechanical lawyering; divorce lawyers must now offer better solutions for clients, says James Pirrie

Raising awareness of the benefits of mediation

Developing student lawyers’ negotiating skills as well as their advocacy skills is essential to encourage out-of-court solutions where appropriate, says Catherine Shephard

Momentum for change in family mediation

A combination of mediation with legal advice would be an attractive offering for many clients, writes Karen Barham

Family mediation: Making the process mainstream

As family mediation week 2017 unfolds, Jean-Yves Gilg says mediation could become the new norm, but only if enough momentum is built up in support of the process

Family mediators call on lawyers and judges to be more supportive

Initiative is reminder to family lawyers of their duty to consider all dispute resolution options

Calls for ADR renewed as ‘Divorce Month’ begins

Family charity calls for greater take-up of out-of-court options for separating couples