COVID-19 pandemic sees spike in divorces – is mediation a viable alternative?

Divorce rates across the UK and worldwide have increased during the coronavirus pandemic, with recent figures indicated that worldwide divorce figures have increased by more than 20 per cent – but could mediation provide a potential solution for separated couples?

Recent data published by the Office for National Statistics as part of their annual divorce figures revealed an 18 per cent rise in divorces in England and Wales, with the impact of the coronavirus having an adverse effect on our lives.

The reality of living in close proximity with a partner within the confines of your household can be challenging for relationships that are breaking down, while the further strain of continuing to live with a partner after a relationship has deteriorated has been the unfortunate reality for many.

Financial pressures brought on by the pandemic have also had an adverse effect, with businesses and individuals impacted, resulting in personal financial problems, which can cause additional issues when a relationship has broken down and the cost of a divorce may prevent you from proceeding.

This is where mediation can provide a viable alternative, allowing you to discuss practical issues such as children and financial matters in a neutral setting.

It should be noted that couples turn to mediation once the relationship has broken down, not to get back together, and the aim is to arrange the practical issues of a separation or divorce without the need for a court battle.

Mediation provides several key benefits, including;

  • Retaining control of the separation process
  • Maintaining open lines of communication
  • Reducing conflict
  • Minimising legal and court costs
  • Reducing the impact on children through parental co-operation
  • Enabling you to make calm, objective decisions

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

At an initial meeting, we can discuss whether mediation might be appropriate for you, taking your personal circumstances into consideration, or perhaps whether a different avenue may be more suitable.

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