Irwin Mitchell’s have published a new report entitled: ‘Divorce – Let’s do it differently,’ which considers different ways for proceeding through a divorce or separation, rather than going through the family courts. This can be the correct and necessary option in some cases, but it can take the power away from divorcing couples to make their own agreements around children, finances and property. Is there another way?
Alternative dispute resolution, such as family mediation and arbitration, can be more cost effective, quicker and significantly less stressful than going to family court to settle issues of finances, property, pensions or considerations around children.
Looking at the findings, 25 percent of survey respondents regretted not using mediation and arbitration services to end their civil partnership, relationship or marriage.
Shockingly, when questioned about awareness of Alternative Dispute Resolution for family matters and divorce, almost four in ten (39 per cent) did not know what Alternative Dispute Resolution was at the time of their divorce.
Over a third (35 per cent) of survey respondents failed to be offered ADR as an alternative way of resolving their dispute. This statistic lays bare the need for the family lawyers to signpost to these alternatives.
You can read the full report here: https://irwinmitchell.turtl.co/story/divorce-lets-do-it-differently/page/5/1