Divorcing couples in Surrey 'must' try mediation
New law means divorcing couples in Surrey must now try mediation before going to court
Surrey has one of the highest divorce rates in the UK, with around 42% of marriages ending in separation.
Currently, many couples end up in court, but in an effort to settle disputes more cheaply and more amicably, the Government has introduced changes to the law that come into effect at the end of April.
The changes mean that separating parents and couples now need to have formally considered mediation before going to court to resolve issues arising from divorce and separation.
In mediation, trained Mediators use negotiation to reach agreements which both parties are prepared to live with, rather than having them dictated by the court. Couples can ask a court to consider and make their agreement into a legally binding and enforceable court order.
Godalming Family Mediation, which offers mediation services across Surrey, is working to highlight the new law changes and what they mean for separating couples.
“This is a crucial and welcome change in the law around divorce and separation” said Euan Davidson from Godalming Family Mediation.
“Mediation is a less draconian route to take than going straight to a divorce lawyer as well as being considerably less expensive. The new law is designed to remove the stress from divorce proceedings by trying to avoid cases ending up in court at all. I am very positive that this change will allow us finally to reach the point where mediation becomes the automatic first choice for most divorcing and separating couples with litigation being the last resort.”
Godalming Family Mediation will be running free consultation sessions for those wanting to find out more about how mediation works and to explain how the law is changing. To book a free consultation with Godalming Family Mediation please visit their website: godalmingfamilymediation.co.uk