The latest research, conducted by Resolution (the UK’s largest Family Law group) has revealed that divorcing couples should seek professional advice at the earliest possible opportunity to avoid further issues later on – but could mediation play a key role?
The report comes after it was revealed that over four in 10 (41 per cent) adults who divorced within the last five years have suffered from mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, compared to 29 per cent who divorced more than five years ago.
The research found that many separated couples were options for ‘DIY divorces’ due to financial constraints, which is causing further stress between couples.
Could mediation be an option?
If you are about to go through a separation, then mediation could be an option for you.
Couples choose mediation following the breakdown of a relationship, not to get back together, but to deal with the practicalities of a separation or divorce, avoiding the need for a court battle.
It provides an opportunity for you to discuss practical matters such as your finances and childcare arrangements in a neutral setting. Mediation provides a solution that helps you to retain control of the separation process, as well as minimising legal costs 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.
We’re here to help
At an initial meeting, we can discuss 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.