Divorce – Mediation First (By Order)

Posted: 28th February 2011

Despite the fact that divorces can be particularly acrimonious and in many it is obvious that the parties are too emotionally entrenched to settle things without going to court, the Government has decided that from April divorcing couples will be referred to mediation before they are allowed to make use of the courts to agree the terms of the arrangements as regards children and asset distribution on divorce.

The decision was described by Linda Lee, President of the Law Society, as based on ‘a myth that mediation is a panacea in order to justify cuts to legal aid’.