How to resolve family law matters using non-court dispute resolution
Practitioners are under increasing pressure to resolve matters using non-court dispute resolution. Settlement conferences are one such option.
Intended to help parties resolve their issues without the needs for a full trial, a settlement conference is overseen by a trained family judge who will ‘adopt an inquisitorial approach in order to encourage cooperation between parties with a view to reaching an agreement’ (Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, 5th July 2017).
During this bite-size session lecturer and family law solicitor Safda Mahmood will consider the family court’s shift towards a more problem-solving approach, illustrated by their supporting the use of settlement conferences where appropriate.
Safda will also discuss the following:
Key benefits of family arbitration including avoiding the confrontational court-room set-up
The powers of the arbitrator
Guidance issued by the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators including the forms to use depending on the type of case
In addition, the effectiveness of settlement conferences when used in children cases will also be examined.
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