The Law Gazette writes, "More couples seeking a divorce are turning to mediation, according to the largest provider of family mediation in England and Wales. National Family Mediation has reported that the number of calls to its helpline have more than doubled in the past year. In the first half of this year it took 3,400 calls each month, up from 1,600 calls during the same period in 2014."
Mediation Before Divorce?
This peak in calls corresponds with a drop in new private law cases; between April 2014 and March 2015, these declined by almost one third. Combined, the mediation provider suggests that this could indicate that those who would have previously sought divorce may now be turning initially to mediation.
However, the reasons behind this are unclear as recent government statistics show that fewer divorcing couples are turning to mediation than before legal aid changes came in effect in 2013.
Mediation at Fiona Bruce Solicitors
Mediation can be an effective way for separating couples to resolve their differences, or at least help to narrow the issues of dispute. Mediation can often be the least expensive remedy. It can also help a marriage end more amicably, meaning the relationship may end with better prospects of any agreements working effectively.
With mediation you can still benefit from our expert advice as you go through the process. At Fiona Bruce Solicitors we can also limit the stress you may have by arranging mediation for you with local approved mediators. Feel free to contact us if you want any more information on mediation services.
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