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1 October 2012

Family lawyers call for more support for couples resolving disputes out of court

A leading family lawyer has called for more government and judicial support to encourage separating couples to resolve disputes out of court, reports the Law Society Gazette.


Jo Edwards, vice-chair of family lawyers’ group Resolution, made the plea following a survey that showed a lack of awareness among the public of non-court options for dealing with family law matters.

The Resolution poll of 2,018 adults – conducted to mark the first Family Dispute Resolution Week – showed that nearly half (45%) thought most divorces involve a visit to court, while 40% believed divorce can never happen without conflict. Edwards said family lawyers are trying to help promote alternative dispute resolution, but more support is needed from government and judges.

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