Mediation less stressful for divorcing couples

Couples who are separating will find that mediation is less stressful than going through the courts, a government minister has said.

Couples who have found grounds for divorce can benefit considerably from making the most of mediation services, the justice minister has emphasised.

Jonathan Djanogly, who addressed the Civil Mediation Council Conference in Manchester, highlighted that mediation is preferable in divorce cases where children are involved.

All couples are now required to consider mediation before having their case heard in court, where they will be able to find out what is on offer and decide if it will benefit them.

Both parties are able to agree terms that they can both adhere to, which proves less costly than having to go through other legal channels.

Beverley Sayers, managing director of Family Mediation Manchester, commented: "The early signs we are seeing are that a lot more people are choosing mediation.

"We have had a lot more people coming to assessment sessions and most of them have gone on to use mediation."

Published on: May 18, 2011

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