As a mediator, the heading to this report gave me mixed feelings. I was pleased those asked realised there was a better way to resolve the issues following divorce than going to court, but so disappointed so many had clearly not had the option of mediation provided or explained to enable it to be a resolution method for them.
Mediation can work so well, saving time, cost and improving communication. If the traditional family mediation option doesn't appeal, there is Hybrid Mediation (where lawyers can be part of the process), shuttle mediation or a combination of all of the styles. Child Inclusive Mediation provides a gentle way for a child's voice to be heard by parents, whilst making sure the children do not have responsibility to decide.
If you would like to know more about any of the mediation options available, please give me a call or send me an email. Please don't be one of the statistics wishing they had....
When it came to awareness of ADR, almost four in ten (39 per cent) didn't know what ADR was at the time of their divorce, while over a third (35 per cent) weren't offered ADR as an alternative way of resolving their dispute. A quarter (25 per cent) regretted not using mediation and arbitration services to end their relationship, highlighting the need for the family law sphere to signpost to these alternatives.