OnlyMums & OnlyDads CIC invite you to take part in an important national survey.

Over the last ten years we have heard calls from parents desperate to see the system improve to better meet the needs of families. We believe that by making a direct approach to families and opening it up to all members of the public, we will be able to provide the Judiciary with an authoritative view of what you the public consider to be the most important changes which need to take place.

We have a once in a generation opportunity to shape how family law can work better for families in the future as the government have issued a consultation paper entitled A Review of the Child Arrangements Programme in which they pose a number of questions and seek responses by the end of September 2019.

Below we have a series of questions and suggestions for reform, some of which are set by the government paper and some which we regularly hear from parents. We anticipate this will take no more than 5 minutes of your time to complete. There is a final reflective question giving you the option to contribute further should you wish to.

We will run this survey throughout September and will collate the responses to present them to the Judiciary in a final report. The deadline for submitting this survey is 23 September 2019.
Thank you for completing this survey.

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Family Law Reform

Are you:

Mediation

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There should be more information available on mediation and how it can help

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Should mediation be made compulsory

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There should be more child-centred mediation

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Greater encouragement to look at mediation options throughout the process rather than just at the start?

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Where you have selected either 'High Priority' or 'Most important', do you want to say more about why you have chosen these priorities?

Court Part 1

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The role of Cafcass should be reviewed

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Children should get to speak to the judge directly

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There should be a restriction on the number of times a case can go to court

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The perceived bias against fathers in family courts should be addressed

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The perceived bias against mothers should be addressed

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Grandparents need more of a voice in family court proceedings

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Where you have selected either 'High Priority' or 'Most important', do you want to say more about why you have chosen these priorities?

Court Part 2

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There should be tougher consequences for those who break court orders

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There should be tougher consequences for false accusations made in court

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More support and care should be offered after family court cases

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The time it takes for a court case to complete should be quicker

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Judges should have to explain their decisions in writing to parents

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Judges should have to explain their decision to children

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Where you have selected either 'High Priority' or 'Most important', do you want to say more about why you have chosen these priorities?

Court Part 3

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There should be more legal rights for co-habiting couples

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Lawyers and judges should receive additional training on domestic abuse and the impact it has on children and young people.

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There should be separate waiting rooms in family courts (especially in domestic abuse cases)

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There should be more promotion of Separated Parents Information Programmes (SPIP)

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Resources for Contact Centres should be increased

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There should be more legal aid available

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Where you have selected either 'High Priority' or 'Most important', do you want to say more about why you have chosen these priorities?

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Additional improvements

In your experience, are there other areas of family law and the court process that could be improved?

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Find out more

If you're interested in receiving information from us please provide your email address. Otherwise, please scroll to the end of the survey to submit your response.

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Which information would you like to receive?

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