Family law 'must offer a better service'

Family law is need of reform to help ensure children and others affected by the system get a better deal, an independent panel has established.

The Family Justice Review panel has outlined a number of changes that can be made to the system, including making people's experiences of it more favourable and reducing any unnecessary complications.

David Norgrove, chair of the panel, said: "Cases take far too long and delays are likely to rise. Children can wait well over a year for their futures to be settled. This is shocking."

He emphasised that "organisational change and better management" would go some way in helping to improve the family law service.

Justice minister Jonathan Djanogly recently unveiled plans to encourage more divorcing couples to consider mediation after concerns arose over the effects of court proceedings on children.

He said that mediation enables couples to air their grievances in neutral surroundings.

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Published on: April 7, 2011

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