As a lawyer specialising in family law dispute the new headlines saying judges are dealing with more towing families than ever, did not come as a shock.
Cuts in legal aid had significantly increased the number of litigants in person, and cases reaching court.
What the attached article highlights is the alternatives that exist and steps parents need to take to reach resolutions, for the sake of their children and themselves.
This is something the Resolution Parenting After Parting committee continue to strive to assist parents with, by the provision of information for parents and guidance for family lawyers.
Mediation can play a pivotal role in securing child and family focused agreements. As an accredited Mediator, also trained in Child Inclusive Mediator, I see the benefits of mediation for families in practice every day.
For more information, please contact me.
Sir Andrew McFarlane said many hearings could be avoided, and went on to call for a "public education programme" on how to be a parent after splitting up.