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Government announces early legal advice pilot for separating couples

26th January 2024

Legal Futures

The government is to launch a pilot of early legal advice for separating couples in a bid to help families resolve disputes as quickly as possible.

However, it has dropped plans to require parties to mediate before they can apply to the court.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) today announced the outcome of a consultation last year on earlier resolution of private family law arrangements.

More than 60,000 private law children and contested finance cases went through the family courts in 2022.

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