Changes Made in 22nd April
When there are some disagreements between parents, mediation is the best way to make significant agreements. Some clients might find it difficult attending the legal proceedings.
However, they need to consider the mediation process so that they will know who among the children will be under their custody and how to make the arrangements between the parents or guardians.
From 22nd April, several technical changes are made to the mediation process along with the new forms.
These changes are intended to ensure that the process for mediation is suitable for a larger group of separating couples.
Besides, the said changes make the mediation become fully integrated into any of the legal procedures. To find out more about what has changed click here!
Changes in the Courtroom
Since the changes were implemented on 22nd April, there will be a single-family court that will help the clients discuss the problems and concerns in a less adversarial and more friendly way. This change is under the latest family law legislation.
On the other hand, it is more advisable to undergo a mediation first. That is because under the new legislation, going to a mediation process will be mandatory, so clients should at least attempt to undergo the mediation route.
Changes in the Family Court
Under the new legislation, a single-family court is responsible for the entire legal proceedings between the families involved. However, there are still some cases that require to be in the higher courts like a case that involves a dispute under international law. However, most of the legal cases will be handled by a single-family court.
Changes in the Children Agreement Programme
The Children Agreement Programme (CAP) serves to be an integral part of the mediation process. In the new arrangements, there is an additional requirement, which is the couples are obliged to attend a mediation procedure.
Furthermore, an additional requirement for mediators as well as the couple involved in the mediation must comply with the required practice. These changes in the CAP are intended to improve the mediation practice while ensuring that the couples are fully informed and aware of the necessary requirements in the mediation.
Changes in the FM1 Form
Under the new legislation, a new type of FM1 form is made available since 22nd April. This new form will be used in such cases when a guardian is going to be appointed or parental responsibility to the child.
Besides, this form can also be used in a situation when the parental responsibility needs to be stopped. The new FM1 form is also applicable in the child’s surname alteration or when the child needs to leave the country.
Parents will be prevented from removing the child from the country as well as keep the child away from the country while under the legislation of other nations.
As a result, cases of child abduction will be prevented or make it easier to return the child to the country.
Through the changes from 22nd April in the family mediation, both parties will become more comfortable and knowledgeable in discussing the problems in the forum. Thus, the changes are designed to ensure the best interests of the children.