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Family judge tells divorcing couples to use ADR before going to court

20th March 2024

Legal Futures

A Family Court judge has told divorcing couples that the court expects them to make “a serious effort” to resolve their differences before issuing proceedings.

They should also continue to do so “at any stage of the proceedings where this might be appropriate”, said Mrs Justice Knowles.

In a ruling she gave so as to make the point, she continued: “Furthermore, I want to signal that, at all stages of the proceedings, the court will be active in considering whether non-court dispute resolution is suitable.

“Changes to the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR) which are due to come into effect on 29 April 2024 will give an added impetus to the court’s duty in this regard.”

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