On 23 March 2023, the Ministry of Justice announced plans to make mediation mandatory, aimed at protecting children from the damaging impact of bitter courtroom battles, diverting thousands of family disputes away from the Court and in turn, easing court pressures and prioritising the most serious cases. The MOJ expects to help up to 19,000 […]
The government announced on Friday that it is investing £1m in family mediation, to support families to resolve issues relating to children. Under the scheme, the Ministry of Justice will provide contributions of up to £500 per family, to resolve issues relating to children following parental separation. Mediation will be provided by Family Mediation Council […]
Litigation friends are required when a person lacks capacity to participate in court proceedings. That will be because that person is (a) a child [under the age of 18] or (b) lacks the mental capacity to be involved with or without a solicitor [known as a protected party]. Litigation friends are often a parent, family […]
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