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'We welcome comments by Lord Neuberger and sense that in these comments a tide might be starting to turn,' says Jane Robey, CEO of National Family Mediation.Lord Neuberger’s speech to the Civil Mediation Conference in London coincided with comments from Mr Justice Holman in a multi-million pound court case, that divorce litigation is ‘awful’ and is ‘like a boxing match.’
'We remain a long way from the tipping point whereby mediation becomes the first port of call for divorcing couples.
However the evidence of our own statistics, showing take-up of mediation is rising, combined with important messages from very senior legal figures, are encouraging indications that we could be heading in the right direction.
We now need family court judges up and down the land to act on Lord Neuberger’s comments, to embrace mediation and use the powers they already have to direct people who come before courts towards alternative means of settling disputes.'
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