In April 2014 it became compulsory for separated couples to attend Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) when applying to court over matters relating to children or finances.
Research carried out previous to this, in 2013, has shown that nearly two-thirds of couples who attended mediation for a children related dispute reached general agreement after a single mediation session and almost 7 out of 10 couples reached a final agreement.
The success of this alternative to the court process has prompted the government to announce plans to improve the mediation available. From January 2015 the Family Mediation Council (FMC) is introducing a compulsory accreditation scheme. All mediators and those working towards becoming a family mediator will be required to be registered with the FMC.
The government’s commitment to the resolution of family disputes by alternatives to the court process is clear.
On the 24 November 2014, Resolution, a national organisation of family lawyers committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes will launch the Family Dispute Resolution Week promoting Mediation, Collaborative law, Arbitration and negotiation as meaningful alternatives to making an application to court.
All members of the family law team at SAS Daniels, including myself, are Resolution members and are supportive of exploring alternative means to resolving family disputes. We can provide you with the results which are best for you and your family without the hassle and cost of going through the court process.
There is never a good divorce, but there can be a better divorce!
If you would like to discuss the options open to you or any other family law matters, please contact a member of our Family team on 01265 442100.