Couples Urged to Try Mediation Instead of Traditional Divorce in England and Wales

April 11, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes recommends mediation to couples and parents who are considering divorce as statistics on the ten busiest divorce courts in England and Wales are revealed. The minister suggests that thousands of couples could benefit from alternatives to battles in court by using local family mediator-solicitors to help them resolve relationships disputes.

Simon Hughes explained:

Mediation works in helping to sort out disputes over finances and children. We are committed to making sure that more people make use of it rather than go through the confrontational and stressful experience of going to court.

These figures show thousands of people are sadly still divorcing each year. We want them to do it in the least damaging way for everyone involved, especially children. That is why we want them to sue the excellent mediation services available to agree a way forward, rather than have one forced upon them in the courts.”

Mediation offers a less adversarial approach to separation – essential when children are involved – and allows both parties to establish a positive end to their relationship and make beneficial plans for the future as single parents. Experienced solicitors trained in mediation provide support, advice, and a valuable objective perspective on separation, helping couples to find the best solution to their relationship issues.

Over 17,000 people successfully used family mediation during 2012-2013, choosing a method of separation that is often cheaper, quicker, and less confrontational than a court divorce. mediation has also shown to produce longer lasting and sustainable arrangements for couples and families, enabling them to decide on what’s right for their individual situation rather than having to adhere to a court decision. For more information, watch this introduction to family mediation from the Ministry of Justice below:



Frances Lindsay & Co offers experienced, down-to-earth, fixed-fee legal support for couples seeking separation, including traditional divorce, arbitration, mediation, and collaborative family law. Let us take the weight off your shoulders and find the right form of dispute resolution for you and your family.


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