His Honour Judge John Altman has launched a new form of family court, termed the Family Solutions Court.
Judge Altman is the Designated Family Judge for London at the recently unified Central Family Court in Holborn in the centre of the capital. The new Family Solutions Court, spread across a floor of the Holborn complex, will be aimed at encouraging the early resolution of family disputes. It will feature a pro bono scheme, a contact centre for estranged parents called Time Together, a venue for mediation information and assessment meetings, and representatives of the Ciitzens Advice Bureau, amongst other elements.
The Judge said:
“By this time next year I would hope that we have reduced the number of contested hearings necessary in many private law applications to the court, and to create a structure for those families who need help in managing their disputes around the living arrangements for their children.”