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112,000 private law applications but fewer than 5,000 MIAMs in 2014/15

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National Family Mediation unearths figures through Freedom of Information request.

  • Fewer than 5,000 private law applications in the family court were preceded by the couple attending a MIAM in 2014/15 according to data obtained by National Family Mediation.

    The charity unearthed the figures through a FOI request seeking answers on two issues:

    1. Since April 2014 the total number of applications made for private law proceedings to a family court for children and financial orders in England and Wales where no Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting has taken place 
    2. Since April 2014 the total number of applications made for private law proceedings to a family court for children and financial orders in England and Wales where a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting has taken place

    The figures they got back showed that in quarters 2,3 and 4 combined of 2014, 849 completed MIAMs were recorded out of a total of 55,381 private law applications. 

    That proportion rose in 2015 with 3,510 MIAMs recorded in quarters 1,2 & 3 out of a total of 56, 551 private law applications.

    Jane Robey, NFM's Chief Executive of the charity, used the figures to call for more Government support to properly enforce the law as

    'the mediation community alone cannot change the entrenched culture of adversarial and expensive court proceedings in divorce cases.'

    You can read more on the NFM website.


Published: 11/04/2016

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