Mapping Paths to Family Justice

Resolving Family Disputes in Neoliberal Times

  • Anne Barlow
  • Rosemary Hunter
  • Janet Smithson
  • Jan Ewing

Part of the Palgrave Socio-Legal Studies book series (PSLS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Anne Barlow, Rosemary Hunter, Janet Smithson, Jan Ewing
    Pages 1-19
  3. Anne Barlow, Rosemary Hunter, Janet Smithson, Jan Ewing
    Pages 20-52
  4. Anne Barlow, Rosemary Hunter, Janet Smithson, Jan Ewing
    Pages 53-66
  5. Anne Barlow, Rosemary Hunter, Janet Smithson, Jan Ewing
    Pages 67-83
  6. Anne Barlow, Rosemary Hunter, Janet Smithson, Jan Ewing
    Pages 84-110
  7. Anne Barlow, Rosemary Hunter, Janet Smithson, Jan Ewing
    Pages 111-152
  8. Anne Barlow, Rosemary Hunter, Janet Smithson, Jan Ewing
    Pages 153-173
  9. Anne Barlow, Rosemary Hunter, Janet Smithson, Jan Ewing
    Pages 174-204
  10. Anne Barlow, Rosemary Hunter, Janet Smithson, Jan Ewing
    Pages 205-211
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 212-240

About this book

Introduction

The family justice system in England and Wales has undergone radical change over the past 20 years. A significant part of this shifting landscape has been an increasing emphasis on settling private family disputes out of court, which has been embraced by policy-makers, judges and practitioners alike and is promoted as an unqualified good.

Mapping Paths to Family Justice: Resolving Family Disputes in Neoliberal Times examines the experiences of people taking part in out-of-court family dispute resolution in England and Wales. It addresses questions such as how participants’ experiences match up to the ideal; how recent changes to the legal system have affected people’s ability to access out-of-court dispute resolution; and what kind of outcomes are achieved in family dispute resolution.

This book is the first study systematically to compare different forms of family dispute resolution. It explores people’s experiences of solicitor negotiations, mediation and collaborative law empirically by analyzing findings from a nationally representative survey, individual in-depth interviews with parties and practitioners, and recorded family dispute resolution processes. It considers these in the context of ongoing neoliberal reforms to the family justice system, drawing out conclusions and implications for policy and practice. 

Keywords

Dispute Resolution family law Governance justice research

Authors and affiliations

  • Anne Barlow
    • 1
  • Rosemary Hunter
    • 2
  • Janet Smithson
    • 3
  • Jan Ewing
    • 4
  1. 1.School of LawUniversity of Exeter School of LawExeterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of LawQueen Mary University of London School of LawLONDONUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.University of ExeterSchool of Psychology University of ExeterExeterUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.University of ExeterSchool of Law University of ExeterExeterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-55405-5
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-55404-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-55405-5
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