Our website is set to allow the use of cookies. For more information and to change settings click here. If you are happy with cookies please click "Continue" or simply continue browsing. Continue.

Family Law

The leading authority on all aspects of family law

26 SEP 2014

Growing family law services in a post-LASPO world: mediation as collateral beneficiary (£)

Growing family law services in a post-LASPO world: mediation as collateral beneficiary (£)
In 2013/14, more parents attended court without a lawyer than with one as the number of unrepresented parties surged by more than 19,000 in the first full year of LASPO. The article argues this is symptomatic of a fundamental and enduring misalignment of lawyers and mediators that restricts the emergence of multi-disciplinary resolution services capable of meeting the diverse needs of separating families. No one professional ­ lawyer or mediator ­ can do this alone as evidenced by the huge number of people that avoid family law services altogether and the very small number that seek out mediators as their first port of call. 

The article sets out that disruptive innovation being forced onto providers in wake of LAPSO offers an historic opportunity to recast family law services with effective communication at the core. It describes a hybrid lawyer/mediator model currently being piloted in four UK hubs built upon affordability and price certainty. A collateral benefit will be helping separating partners manage their emotional impulse to hurt back because they themselves hurt so badly. The paper argues this is truly is in the best interest of the child and proffers that if LASPO could ever be said to have a silver lining, this is surely it.

The full version of this article appears in the October 2014 issue of Family Law.

For details on how you can subscribe to Family Law or for any offers, please contact a member of our sales team: Tel 0117 918 1555, or email: sales.manager@jordanpublishing.co.uk

Family Law

journal

"the principal (monthly) periodical dealing with contemporary issues" Sir Mark Potter P

More Info from £49.00
Available in Family Law Online
Family Law Online

Family Law Online

Get a FREE trial today! The fastest way to access the latest law reports, case law, commentary,...

Available in Family Law Online
Subscribe to our newsletters