Minister supports mediation
29 November 2010
Minister Jonathan Djanogly said the Government was committed to supporting mediation as a way of resolving family disputes.
In a speech at the National Family Mediation (NFM) annual general meeting, he said mediation had huge potential in resolving disputes as it was quicker, cheaper, less stressful, and provide better outcomes than contested court proceedings.
'Mediation places the responsibility of deciding an outcome to a dispute on the parties concerned and not a third party such as a judge. In that sense, it’s capable of giving people a sense of control over their futures and lives while minimising the financial and emotional cost of reaching resolution.'
He added: 'This government is committed to increasing the use of mediation. We want it, and its advantages, to be at the forefront of peoples’ minds when they seek outside help to resolve their disputes.'
NFM is a network of local not-for-profit family mediation services in England and Wales which offers help to couples, married or unmarried, who are in or have been through the process of separation and divorce.