Family, Divorce and Finance
Recent reports have shown that guidelines requiring couples to look at mediation as an option are being largely ignored.
Since April 2011, divorcing couples are required to attend a mediation meeting first in an attempt to avoid the matter proceeding to court.
A survey by Resolution found that only one third of their members were referring clients to mediation. 78% of members also reported that the courts were not checking whether couples had tried this option before hearing their applications.
There have been warnings that this may create a two-tier system that would benefit wealthy couples able to afford court proceedings.
There are also warnings that more couples are choosing to represent themselves which is creating delays in the court system.
If you would like advice on divorce and alternative dispute resolution please contact our Family Law Department for a free, no obligation, initial appointment on Eastbourne 01323 727321 or Hailsham 01323 841481.