What stops people taking a non-court divorce option?

If you have to get a divorce, you don’t have to go to court.

There are legal options open to you without going to court. Not only can they save you time and money, but the added stress of attending court.

We promote non-court solutions

Where possible we promote non-court solutions to divorce for many couples. We have two collaboratively trained lawyers, ready to deal with matters through mediation and non-confrontational means.

We have seen these methods work successfully for many, bringing about a less stressful and often, much cheaper divorce.

An issue of awareness

A poll was commissioned in November 2013 by Resolution, an organisation that promotes non-confrontational approaches to divorce.

It found a huge 36% of British adults did not know what family mediation was, or that there was an alternative to going to court during the divorce process.

Even more worryingly, this level of misunderstanding may increase, with fewer couples seeking legal advice during separation due to recent cuts to legal aid in family matters.

Statistics showed that between May and September 2013, there was a drop of 39% in couples using mediation compared to the same period in 2012 before the cuts.

Some benefits of a non-court path

Of those polled only half would consider using alternative methods instead of going to court. This is despite the same number stating they believed non-court solutions were far better for the well-being of children.

The benefits of these non-court options are being heard, but the mistrust in ‘new-fangled’ methods and a non-traditional approach shows that under a quarter of those polled thought that non-court methods protected the rights of both parties.

Making the legality and process of these options clear to both parties is clearly crucial in making mediation work, and this is something that all family solicitors need to do.

Please take a moment to learn more

Both the Collaborative Law and Mediation processes are carried out by fully qualified lawyers and mediators.

They represent easier, less stressful and often cheaper solutions, but still arrive at the same conclusion as if you attended court.

Take a moment to read a little more about these approaches and then decide whether they might be a better solution for you.

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