Inquiry: Better Outcomes for Separating Families.

This inquiry will be taking evidence from January to March 2024 and producing a report in the early summer. Evidence session will be Jan 29th, February 19th and March 18th at 6pm. Additional evidence will be taken via 15 minute recorded presentations and other published material.

We will be inviting a wide range of contributors and hope to both clarify the issue and bring forward proposals for change which will have broad support.

Evidence sessions

Speakers, January

  1. Prof. Rosemary Hunter. University of Kent. “Reforming the family courts’ approach to domestic abuse.”
  2. Alan Bates.  Barrister, mediator and part-time judge. “How can the family law system do a better job for children whilst public money is tight?”
  3. Andrew Isaacs.  Former Family Court solicitor. “How to ‘win’ in family court.”

Speakers, February

  1. Baroness Butler-Sloss: Former President of the Family Division. “What is happening in the family courts?”
  2. Ros Barton: Match Mothers. “Strengthening mothers who are separated from their children through the family separation process.”
  3. Jude Eyre: Associate Director, Nuffield Family Justice Observatory.  “What we do and don’t know about the adults and children involved in family separation and private law proceedings.”

The draft outline of our report is below.


Better outcomes for the children of separating parents.

Pt 1:  the problem

Simply states all the problems with the current system.

Pt 2: Lessons from pilots, trials and other jurisdictions

What can be learned from others.

Pt 3: Analysis

How these problems have arisen

Pt 4:  Alternatives to court

Alternative routes to come to an agreement outside court

Pt 5: Reforming the Family Court

Making the Family Court better for children.