The passing of the UK Family Law Act 1996 began a five year period of major change and experimentation in the area of family law and practice in Britain. This included the introduction of publicly funded family mediation, and the provision of compulsory information and assessment sessions about mediation for family law clients claiming legal aid. This was implemented via a rolling program of pilot contracts with mediation suppliers and was accompanied by considerable government regulation, with a view to ensuring adequate service quality assurance. It also involved major independent research and evaluation as to the effectiveness of the programs.
"Family mediation in England and Wales - some lessons for Australia,"
ADR Bulletin: Vol. 4
, Article 1.
Available at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/adr/vol4/iss5/1