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Family Proceedings: Coronavirus

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 23rd June 2020.

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Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has been made of the implications for his policies of the Family Mediation Council's proposals entitled Covid-19 and the Family Justice System – Meeting the Challenge: Potential Contributions by the Family Mediation Profession, published 6 May 2020.

Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

We have been in regular communication with the Family Mediation Council throughout the Covid-19 response and welcome the chance to work closely with the sector during this time. We know that now is a particularly difficult time for families, as relationships are placed under intense pressures, and we are committed to championing mediation as a suitable option for many of these families. My officials are currently reviewing the proposals in detail and will be in touch with the Family Mediation Council to discuss further shortly.

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