reforms are planned for the family court system which will see more emphasis on mediation as opposed to focussing on adversarial resolutions…
with calls from a mens’ group leader that joint custody be the default position….
having been involved in that system for the last six years or so i totally support the joint custody model…..in most cases this is best for not only the children..but for all parties…
lawyers:..i have mixed feelings on this one.. in many cases lawyers have a financial interest in keeping cases just trucking along for as long as possible…..and much of their work is firmly in ‘angels dancing on heads of pins’ territory…..
plus they have further financial incentives in suggesting their clients sue for full custody or other restrictions on contact between parents and children….
but i also strongly feel that in any case that cannot be resolved by ‘quality’ mediation (and of necessity in some cases before that)..that children should have their own legal representation….
this is only fair as the other lawyers are just working in their clients best interests..
in my own situation i found the legal representation for my son to be a positive on so many levels…..not least as acting in the role of a circuit-breaker/mediator..
it is also a relief for a parent in that stressful enough situation to be able to rely on the fact someone else apart from them is working in their childs’ best interests….
to my mind, another positive from legal representation for children is the empowering factor for those children..they are able to speak in private with their lawyer about any concerns/issues..and are less of a pawn to others’ actions…this is all good….
these reforms are long overdue and are welcomed…
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