Central China's Hubei Province is set to establish a province-wide network, covering provinces, cities, counties and townships, to provide the public with mediatory services in their marriage and family disputes by 2020, according to the local government.
Jointly released by Hubei Women's Federation, Hubei Committee of Political and Legal Affairs, Hubei Higher People's Court, and other government departments, the Guidelines on Further Strengthening and Regulating the Mediation of Marriage and Family Issues are designed to help local residents have access to relevant mediatory services at various levels and to remove the root causes for family disputes.
The guidelines state that the mediation should be gradually integrated with judicial trials and administrative intervention when it comes to marriage and family issues.
In addition, the guidelines have made detailed specifications over the duties of relevant government departments concerning the prevention and mediation of marriage and family disputes.
For instance, courts are expected to include mediation into domestic proceeding. Meanwhile, the women's federations should take action to expand the coverage of relevant mediatory services into the grassroots areas, publicize the education of traditional Chinese family virtues and laws, and resolve potential disputes in marriage and family matters.
(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)