Family Breakdown

Justice written question – answered on 21st March 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous Conservative, South West Bedfordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to reduce the incidence of family breakdown since his appointment.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Ministry of Justice does not have a direct role to play in reducing the incidence of family breakdown. However, we are committed to encouraging the public to resolve their issues out of court without recourse to public funds, using simpler, more informal remedies where they are appropriate. Therefore, we want to ensure that everyone involved in family proceedings, whether publicly funded or not, is aware of family mediation as an alternative means of resolving disputes to going to court.

On 23 February I announced that we will be increasing awareness and understanding of family mediation through a new Pre-Application Protocol for Family Mediation Information and Assessment meetings.

My Department is also working closely with the Department for Education and the Department for Work and Pensions with the aim of joining up support to separating and separated parents so they receive the help they need to work together and make post-separation arrangements that are in their children's best interests.

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