Mediation 'is not for everybody'

Not all couples who have found grounds for divorce will benefit from mediation services, a government minister has said.

People should still be given the opportunity to assess other courses of action, explained justice minister Jonathan Djanogly, which may include taking a case to court.

He also suggested that "those in serious or dangerous circumstances, for examples in cases of domestic violence or child protection" may also find it worthwhile to avoid mediation services.

Speaking of the new legislation coming into force on April 6th that will make it a requirement for divorcing couples to seek mediation, he said that vulnerable adults "will not be prevented from progressing straight to court".

Paula Hall, author of Help Your Children Cope With Your Divorce, recently said that youngsters are often most affected by the disputes that arise when parents go through a separation, rather than the process itself.

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Published on: February 25, 2011

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