Divorce is always a difficult time for children and families. Often, the conflict and confrontation caused by their parent’s divorce process is as traumatic for children as the separation itself.
Resolution’s members, some 6,500 family law professionals, follow a Code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems, in particular helping parents who are going through separation to put the needs of their children first. They help separating couples avoid conflict by trying to find solutions outside of a courtroom.
Recent polling shows that only 51% of people surveyed would consider trying a non-court-based solution instead of going to court if they were to divorce in the future.
Whilst legal aid is available for fewer cases since the introduction of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act last year, many people are unaware that legal aid is still available for family mediation. This is demonstrated by the fact that, according to recent figures from the Ministry of Justice, publicly-funded mediation numbers have fallen by around 40% since April last year.
There are three things everyone can do when talking to people going through a separation: let them know there are alternatives to court, encourage them to talk to a professional about all their options to find the right solution for them and their families, and make sure they know that legal aid is still available for mediation.
‘Separating Together’ is Resolution’s new guide on alternatives to court for separating and divorcing couples. The guide can be found on Resolution’s website at www.resolution.org.uk/separatingtogether