Divorce rates on the rise – could mediation provide a solution?

The latest annual divorce figures have been published by the Office for National Statistics, revealing an 18 per cent rise in divorces in England and Wales last year – but could mediation provide a potential solution?

It has been a challenging year for all of us, with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic being felt across the world, changing our work, family and home lives. This has put additional stress on marriages, and for those couples whose relationship has broken down, it has presented unique challenges.

For many people, the prospect of continuing to live together during lockdown despite a relationship breakdown has been an unfortunate reality.

Financial stress has also had a considerable impact on our lives this year, with many businesses and individuals impacted by the pandemic, resulting in struggles with personal finances.

This can cause additional issues, particularly when your relationship has broken down, with the cost of a divorce potentially preventing you from proceeding.

Mediation – a potential solution?

If you are about to go through a separation then mediation can help as it provides the opportunity to discuss practical matters such as your finances or children, in a neutral setting.

Couples turn to mediation once the relationship has broken down – not to get back together – but to sort out the practicalities of a separation or divorce, without a bitter court battle.

With the coronavirus pandemic having a significant impact on many aspects of our lives, including childcare and finances, mediation could help you to find a solution that helps you to retain control of the separation process.

What are the benefits of mediation?

There are several key benefits associated with mediation, including being able to retain control of the separation process, as well as minimising legal and court costs.

Throughout the process, the lines of communication remain open and conflict is reduced, enabling you to make calm, collected decisions that are amicable and suitable for the future.

Mediation is not usually suitable if you have suffered domestic violence or abuse from your partner, however.

At an initial meeting, we can have a discussion about whether mediation might be appropriate for you, considering your personal circumstances, or whether another route may be more suitable.

To find out whether mediation may be a viable option for you, or for more information, contact a member of our expert team today.