Family Mediation Week is the 20th to 24th January 2020. This week will focus on how mediation helps separating families to manage their issues in a confidential, safe, constructive and productive manner, at a fraction of the cost of litigation.
The number of divorces and separations are increasing. In 2019 there were 101,669 divorces in heterosexual couples in England and Wales. On “divorce day” this year, (6th January 2020) statistics spiked as couples decided to separate after the Christmas break.
Whilst emotions run high, couples can soon fall out and quickly become entrenched in lengthy battles. Lawyers are becoming increasingly expensive and it is often that the legal input does nothing to help diplomatic relations within a fragile family.
Mediation is a voluntary process that can help families to focus on their individual needs and desired outcomes and encourages separating couples to sit down together and work out solutions. The goal is for both partners to come to an amicable, realistic and workable agreement.
It is has come to our attention that most families do not fully understand the benefits of mediation even when they have legal advice. In fact, we have seen cases where solicitors have told their clients mediation will not work for them and cases where families have decided that mediation is not an option for them, before even having made themselves aware of the advantages of mediation over its alternative.
Geldards support mediation during family proceedings. We have two trained mediators in our team and are committed to helping families explore options available to them and consider ways of reaching an agreement in relation to their children, finances and/or relationship environment.
Claire Dean, Partner and Mediator, describes the process as:
"Mediation is challenging yet empowering. Mediation is a place where families can make their own decisions and arrangements that can later be formalised into Court orders avoiding a slow, aggressive and expensive Court process”
Whilst mediation is a voluntary process, couples should be encouraged to speak to a mediator before entering into the Court process to assess whether some or all decisions can be made together to build a more collaborative future for their family.
Throughout mediation week, Geldards welcome direct enquiries concerning the mediation process.
If you require help or assistance with divorce or any other family matter, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Family team.
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