Alternative dispute resolution in the best interests of the child

Van Zyl, Lesbury (1995) Alternative dispute resolution in the best interests of the child. PhD thesis, Rhodes University.

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The development of private divorce mediation appears to offer a friendly and informal alternative to the "hostile" adversarial divorce. A close analysis of its claims, however, shows them to be largely unproven. Urgent attention should therefore be given to the philosophical base of the movement. There is also a need for empirical research and for standardised training. Further unanswered questions relate to the part to be played by different professions, and to professional ethics. It is submitted that the appointment of Family Advocates is a step in the right direction but that the establishment of a full Family Court will best protect children's interests.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Divorce mediation, South Africa, Dispute resolution, Law, Custody of children
Subjects:K Law > KT Asia and Eurasia, Africa, Pacific Aria, and Antarctica > Africa > South Africa, Republic of
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Law
Supervisors:Schäfer, I.D.
ID Code:3749
Deposited By: Ms Chantel Clack
Deposited On:23 Oct 2012 11:56
Last Modified:23 Oct 2012 11:56
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