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MIAMs information not completed on 40% of divorce applications

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Figures revealed following FOI request by National Family Mediation

  • Figures unearthed by National Family Mediation following an FOI request show that just over 40% of divorce applications did not have completed MIAMs information in the last quarter.

    The figures also show a significant discrepancy between financial remedy and private children law applications.

    Overall of 20,693 applications made in Q1 of 2016, 12,522 contained completed MIAMs information.

    However when split down the data shows that 71% (8,667) of financial remedy applications had this information compared with just 18% (3,855) in private children law.

    The figures prompted Jane Robey, CEO of National Family Mediation, to call for more Government action to enforce mediation.

    "Ministers need to address this embarrassing failure by listening to mediation professionals who can advise on turning things around.

    ......

    Mediators can help accelerate the process, and a few simple steps could help Ministers address their current red faces. For example, they could be doing much more to ensure family judges embrace mediation as a way forward when warring couples come before them in the courts. Judges already have considerable powers to direct people to alternative means of settling disputes.

    The full set of figures released by the MoJ can be found here.


Published: 11/10/2016

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