More UK Families Settle on Mediation
UK law firms have seen a big increase in demand for specialist family mediation services following cuts to legal aid for divorce cases.
It is reported that many family law firms have seen a 25 per cent rise in enquiries from separating couples seeking to resolve their differences without going to court.
The increase follows the axing in April of public funding for most divorce cases – including those involving disputes about children and finances – but legal aid remains available for family mediation.
A family law solicitor said: “We have been inundated by former partners seeking to resolve their differences amicably and avoid the trauma of court.
“The fact that access to legal aid for mediation still exists means that many couples who might otherwise have been denied help are able to sort out their problems in a non-confrontational way.
“But it’s not just married couples and cohabits who are benefiting.
“We have also seen an increase in the number of grandparents using mediation to resolve problems over contact with their grandchildren.
“Mediation is usually far cheaper and quicker than fighting your battles in court, and often offers longer lasting solutions for all the family.”
Legal DNA testing is a vital process in child custody cases between divorcing parents and these are expensive tests in these financially troubling times. Legal mediation between family members is a really good thing. If there are any doubts on the paternity of a child then you could have a peace of mind paternity test. We have seen people buy the tests for £149 and take them to their solicitor’s office and the test is carried out themselves in front of a solicitor to reduce the prospect of kit tampering.
While this is not a full legal DNA test and is not admissible in a court of law, we have seen many people do this to save money while in the legal mediation process.