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A better future: Best practice in child disputes

Simon Bruce, Elizabeth Burch, and Rebecca Heyworth discuss whether the reforms to the Family Court in 2014 have successfully encouraged separating parents to avoid litigation, and the culture change needed around 'acrimonious' divorce processes

13 June 2016

'While the law provides a mechanism for the resolution of disputes between parents in respect of their children,
it is but a blunt instrument when compared to the nuanced virtues of calm discussion and considered compromise between those involved, accepting that this latter path can be a hard one on which
to embark, and to sustain, in the context of relationship breakdown.'

These wise words come from the Honourable
Mr Justice MacDonald, who presided over Ciccone v Ritchie [2016] EWHC 608 (Fam), and are an attempt
to persuade separated parents to avoid litigation where children are involved. They are a mantra of common sense.

MacDonald J's comments are also supported by the rigorous work and research carried out by one
of the UK's most respected therapeutic agencies,
the Tavistock Centre for Child Relationships (TCCR). This agency, ...

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