Forced mediation will encourage ‘excessive demands’ in family disputes
Law Society Gazette
December 21, 2010
With the growing economic concerns, Members of Parliament are currently debating the plan to cut legal aid funding for all family law disputes in favor of mediation. Eliminating access to the court system for general family law disputes will give too much power to unreasonable parties. Unlike the US, most citizens of the UK are eligible for legal aid. Without concerns about costs, parties are more likely to litigate their dispute and have not motivation to settle their case outside of court. However, eliminating legal aid and relying solely on mediation does raise some concerns.