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A meeting of the APPG for Strengthening Couple Relationships and the APPG for Mental Health took place on 25th November 2015, on the subject of relational approaches to family justice. 


Recent changes to the Family Justice System in the field of private law and, in particular, the introduction of compulsory MIAMs reflect a growing recognition that it is in the best interests of children, parents and the State that as few contested cases as possible end up being decided upon by a judge.

However, many parents enter the court system too distressed and angry to make use of mediation; while, at the other end of the court process, too many children are suffering as a result of entrenched and seemingly endless court proceedings between warring parents who have long separated but cannot agree about various facets of their parenting responsibilities.

This APPG meeting will explore why a relational overhaul of the private law Family Justice System is needed, and what benefits it might bring.


The speakers at the meeting were:

  • David Norgrove (Chair, Family Justice Board)
  • Sarah Parsons (Assistant Director, Cafcass)
  • Sir Paul Coleridge (Founder and Chairman, Marriage Foundation)