06th February 2013
Reforms to speed up Family Law cases
The Government has today (5 February) published its Children and Families Bill which includes a number of important proposed changes to current family law.
According to our family law specialists at Cartwright King, if the proposed changes are introduced, they would help to resolve family disputes and problems much more quickly and would therefore be welcomed.
The proposed reforms include:
- Speeding up the process in care cases by creating a time limit of 6 months by which care cases must be completed and removing unnecessary process in family proceedings.
- Speeding up the process of adoption by stopping local authorities delaying an adoption to find the “perfect match” if suitable prospective parents are available. Ethnic matching should no longer be a barrier to adoption.
- Freeing up judicial time by allowing legal advisers to process uncontested divorce applications.
- Bolstering the requirement for parents to attend mediation to settle a dispute before beginning any litigation.
If the delays that currently exist could be eliminated it would enable greater emphasis to be placed on children and the other parties involved family cases and allow a quicker and more effective resolution to disputes and problems.