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What changes should be made to family law?

These proposals let family law lawyers discuss and vote on what changes they think should be made to the law or court procedures. The results can be viewed and shared with legislators and the Courts. The proposals put forth are written by member lawyers, and do not necessarily reflect the views of this website or its administrators. You can view more proposals or make a proposal yourself.


Proposal: Subsidise mediation and arbitration
ADR - Jan 23, 2022

86% in favour out of 14 votes

Ken Proudman Executive
 view Arbitrator profile
  BARR LLP
   Edmonton, Alberta


In England, couples can use £500 vouchers for mediation ($851 CAD). I imagine that has to be a lot less expensive than paying for additional judges, clerks, and security.

0 2 years ago

Wayne Barkauskas, K.C. Executive
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  Wise Scheible Barkauskas
   Calgary, Alberta


I have pressed for years for legal aid to fund mediators, and especially arbitrators and PC's with arbitration powers in an effort to reduce the stresses on our court systems, especially from high conflict couples.
Not surprisingly this has fallen on deaf ears. I suggested the same to help address the covid related pressures on the court because most ADR professionals can easily accommodate remote hearings without all the administration costs and efforts. Same result.
My rant is done, but I agree with the suggestion.


0 2 years ago

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