Select Committee on Draft Children (Contact) and Adoption Bill First Report

CHAPTER 9: Conclusions and Recommendations

Chapter 1: Introduction

176.  We agree with the Commons Constitutional Affairs Committee that the courts are usually not the best place to resolve complex family disputes, and we agree with the general thrust of policy to utilise alternative resolution mechanisms, particularly mediation. Nevertheless, there will inevitably be some cases which do require the involvement of the courts, and these are likely to be the most difficult to resolve. (para 17)

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