Three years ago it became compulsory for separating couples to consider mediating agreements before taking their case to court, it has emerged through figures obtained from the National Family Mediation that only 4 out of 10 couples attend mediation.
Mediation will not be the right process for every issue of dispute, or, for every separating couple. However, refusing to explore mediation or any alternative dispute resolution could be a costly mistake.
If you would like to find out more about mediation, please contact Pauline Ellis on 01202 466669. Mediation can take place in any of the offices of Dutton Gregory
Three years after it became compulsory for separating couples to consider mediating agreements before taking their cases to court, it has emerged that only four out of ten are complying with the landmark legislation. Introduced in April 2014, the law made it compulsory for separating couples to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) before they can apply for a court order to settle disputes over parenting, finance and property. However, figures obtained by National Family Mediation (NFM) show that in 2016 over 60 per cent of couples ignored that requirement. Of nearly 90,000 applications for private law proceedings to a family court, only 35,627 had followed the MIAM process.