Family Justice Minister Lord McNally has called on mediators to lead the way in promoting out of court solutions to help separating families.
At a Family Mediation Council conference for practitioners in London, he said:
“My message to you as practitioners and supervisors is simple – your time is now – you now have a once in a generation opportunity to raise the profile of your profession, as a single and united profession.”
The Government strongly supports mediation – a quicker, simpler and more effective way for separating couples to agree how they divide their assets or arrange child contact, which avoids the traumatic and divisive effect of courtroom battles.
The Ministry of Justice has announced it is committed to spending £25 million in the next year to support publicly-funded mediation and is behind new laws being created to ensure all separating couples must consider mediation before they can take their dispute to court.
SOURCE: Ministry of Justice
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Lord McNally was elected MP for Stockport South in 1979.
Prior to being appointed Minister of State for Justice he was a member of the Select Committee on Industry and Trade and a spokesman on education.
He supported the successful merger of the SDP with the Liberal Party to form the Liberal Democrats and served on the Federal Executive of the new party.
He was elected as the Liberal Democrat Leader of the House of Lords in October 2004.
He studied economics and social history at University College London. He enjoys watching sport, reading political biographies and having adventures with his children.
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