Top UK judge backs out-of-court divorce

Sir Andrew McFarlane, the President of the Family Division (one of three sections of the UK’s High Court) and the UK’s top family court judge, has backed an official, new report that proposes something radical: keeping separating families out of the court system!

Although he still believes that, where there may be violence or abuse, many families still need their day in court, he suggests that, perhaps, 40% of the families currently engaged in family court proceedings could be helped, much more safely and quickly, by dealing with their matters in a non-court environment.

The report “What about me?” was instigated by Sir Andrew when he took on his current role back in 2018 and makes a strong case for a better, non-legal approach to family breakdown.