Mediation isn’t always the answer

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January 27, 2014

‘Magic pill’ mediation is wrong prescription

Promotion of mediation as a cure-all for family law is misguided. It can never replace the law and the court.

It is easy to see why, as far as the Ministry of Justice is concerned, mediation is a gift. By promoting mediation as the catch-all and cure-all for family law, costs can be slashed for everyone. Legal aid can be kept for mediation, but cut elsewhere. The pressure on overburdened courts can be reduced. And of course, warring couples can sit down and reach amicable agreements. Everybody wins, so let’s push couples towards mediation.

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