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Rule changes steer families towards non-court dispute resolution

29th April 2024

Law Gazette

Family lawyers have welcomed changes to the family procedure rules coming into force today which could see more disputes resolved away from court.

Under the latest changes, parties at a mediation information and assessment meeting must be provided with information about the principles, process and different models of mediation, and other methods of non-court dispute resolution. The associated practice direction lists mediation, arbitration, evaluation by a neutral third party and collaborative law as examples of non-court dispute resolution.

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