Divorcing couples must consider mediation

Couples who have found grounds for divorce must consider mediation as a means of settling their differences, the government has said.

Under new plans to alleviate pressure on the family courts, justice minister Jonathan Djanogly revealed that the changes will come into force on April 6th.

He commented: "Nearly every time I ask someone if their stressful divorce battle through the courts was worth it, their answer is 'no'.

"Mediation already helps thousands of legally aided people across England and Wales every year."

These sessions will give people the chance to air their differences in much more neutral surroundings, allowing them to assess the dispute and come up with more amicable solutions.

Paula Hall, author of Help Your Children Cope With Your Divorce, recently urged couples to consider how their actions have an impact on their offspring when it comes to a separation.

Talking through the divorce with your ex partner during mediation can ease the friction and distress caused to you and your children. Find out more in our article 'The Benefits of Mediation'.

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Published on: February 23, 2011

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