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/ 19 Mar 2024

The crucial role of intermediaries in family court proceedings

Family court proceedings can be emotionally charged, complex and challenging especially when delicate issues like with whom a child will live, or complex family dynamics, are involved. Recognising the need for effective communication and fair representation, the role of intermediaries has become increasingly significant in family court settings. In this blog we delve into the invaluable contribution of intermediaries and how they play a pivotal role in ensuring a just and accessible legal process.

Anna Gowen


Family & Divorce

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Facilitating communication

One of the primary responsibilities of intermediaries in family court proceedings is to facilitate clear and effective communication. They act as intermediaries between individuals and the court, helping parties express themselves and ensuring that their perspectives are accurately conveyed. This is particularly crucial when parties face challenges such as language barriers, cognitive impairment, or other communication difficulties.

Supporting vulnerable individuals

Family court cases often involve vulnerable individuals including children, those with mental health issues, or individuals with learning disabilities. Intermediaries serve as a source of support helping these individuals navigate the complexities of the legal process. Their presence ensures that the court can consider the needs and viewpoints of all parties, fostering a more inclusive and compassionate legal environment.

Assisting children in legal proceedings

When children are part of family court cases, intermediaries become essential in providing support tailored to their age and understanding. Intermediaries help children comprehend the legal proceedings, express their wishes and ensure that their best interests are effectively communicated to the court. This aligns with the overarching principle of prioritising the welfare of the child in Children Act matters.

Mitigating barriers to access

Intermediaries play a crucial role in reducing barriers to access justice. By assisting individuals with communication challenges or specific needs, they contribute to a more level playing field in family court proceedings. This commitment to inclusivity ensures that all individuals, regardless of their abilities or disabilities, can actively participate in and understand the process their family is going through.

Maintaining neutrality and impartiality

Intermediaries undergo specialised training to maintain neutrality and impartiality. This professionalism is vital in upholding the integrity of family court proceedings. Their ability to navigate complex emotional situations while remaining unbiased ensures a fair representation of each party’s interests.

How can our family & divorce lawyers help you?

In family court proceedings, where emotions run high and the stakes are deeply personal, the role of the intermediaries is indispensable. They act as bridges, fostering effective communication, providing support to vulnerable individuals, and contributing to a more inclusive legal environment. As the legal landscape continues to evolve, recognising and appreciating the vital role of intermediaries becomes integral to ensuring a fair and just family court system.

The specialist family law solicitors at Hanne & Co have in depth experience of cases involving intermediaries. Contact us today for further information about how to ensure you are supported legally and personally in the family court on +44 (0) 207 228 0017 or via the form below.


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