This title was first published in 2001. When marriages break down, most parents experience difficulty in agreeing on contact or residence arrangements for their children. Family Courts Services provide mediation as a way of resolving differences and many parents accept this offer of assistance. Featuring extensive empirical research, this book examines the effectiveness of family mediation services and challenges the view that court-based interventions are unlikely to be successful.
Table of Contents
The significance and duration of agreements reached in mediation;
Fathers and fairness;
Mediation and violence;
Solicitors, district judges and courtrooms;
The best and worst of mediation;
Conclusion: future family mediation;
Greg Mantle, Senior Lecturer in Probations Studies, Department of Social Work, Anglia Polytechnic University, UK. Probation service practitioner and researcher. Doctoral research on offender userism/ consumerism in the probation service. Teaching interests include professional power, research methods, criminology and penology.
’Greg Mantle is a welcome addition to family mediation research. His study of the Essex County Court scheme will be of interest to all practitioners, especially those operating under the banner of the new CAFCASS.’ Professor Gwynn Davis, University of Bristol, UK 'This text provides valuable information on an emerging form of court-sanctioned mediation. Key concepts are clarified; related studies are presented, as are a number of significant facts and figures...this book has pertinent information that could benefit those interested in developing policies and methods for facilitating efficacious family mediation for the benefit of children and their disputing parents.' Journal of Family Studies