Divorcing couples spuring mediation sessions

Couples too quick to go to court according to Swindon Lawyer

Couples too quick to go to court according to Swindon Lawyer

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DIVORCING couples are turning their backs on mediation and once again resorting to the courts to sort out their divorce, according to Swindon lawyer Andrew Kingston.

Figures from the Ministry of Justice show that between April and June last year, the number of divorcing couples attending a mediation information and assessment meeting fell by 47 per cent, compared to the same period in 2012.

Additionally, the number of couples starting family mediation sessions fell by 26 per cent over the same period.

Andrew Kingston, a family law specialist with Swindon firm, Charles Lucas & Marshall, said the fall in mediation coincides with cuts to the Government’s legal aid budget, which has meant legal aid is now only available to divorcing couples in cases where domestic violence is involved.

“The numbers show that the Government has achieved exactly the opposite of what it intended to do,” says Andrew Kingston.

“The intention was to persuade couples to attempt mediation before applying to the court. However, by this stage it is often too late in the process.

“With the cuts in legal aid, many people no longer have access to legal advice and have fewer options – this is resulting in more applications to the court, often with people acting as litigants in person.”

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1:31pm Thu 6 Feb 14

house on the hill says...

Would that be because the mediation isn't very good? Sadly by the time most get there it is all over bar the shouting and solicitors bills anyway. In this day and age family law is a very lucrative business to be in. A sad fact of today's world.
Would that be because the mediation isn't very good? Sadly by the time most get there it is all over bar the shouting and solicitors bills anyway. In this day and age family law is a very lucrative business to be in. A sad fact of today's world. house on the hill
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2:07pm Thu 6 Feb 14

terry_campbell says...

Maybe Mr Kingston should advise his clients that mediation is the way forward but only if they do not make totally unreasonable demands that don't have any chance of being agreed to and they follow the mediation process as it was supposed to be followed
Maybe Mr Kingston should advise his clients that mediation is the way forward but only if they do not make totally unreasonable demands that don't have any chance of being agreed to and they follow the mediation process as it was supposed to be followed terry_campbell
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3:18pm Thu 6 Feb 14

mrwoo says...

My last divorce was handled by a very good online company based in Flemming way. No solicitors on either side. Start to finish only took about 4 months, now on the hunt for my next ex wife.
My last divorce was handled by a very good online company based in Flemming way. No solicitors on either side. Start to finish only took about 4 months, now on the hunt for my next ex wife. mrwoo
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3:42pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Hmmmf says...

Spuring? Ffs.

160 years and the Adver still hasn't got a dictionary.
Spuring? Ffs. 160 years and the Adver still hasn't got a dictionary. Hmmmf
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5:21pm Thu 6 Feb 14

PJC says...

Spuring??!!! Can I get a job as a proof-reader at The Adver please? (Even though I have a tendency to over-punctuate! ;) )
Spuring??!!! Can I get a job as a proof-reader at The Adver please? (Even though I have a tendency to over-punctuate! ;) ) PJC
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6:15pm Thu 6 Feb 14

PJC says...

mrwoo wrote:
My last divorce was handled by a very good online company based in Flemming way. No solicitors on either side. Start to finish only took about 4 months, now on the hunt for my next ex wife.
Did you have to forfeit your laundry business?
[quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: My last divorce was handled by a very good online company based in Flemming way. No solicitors on either side. Start to finish only took about 4 months, now on the hunt for my next ex wife.[/p][/quote]Did you have to forfeit your laundry business? PJC
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10:24pm Thu 6 Feb 14

dukeofM4 says...

All someone has to do is use the 1-2-3 punch to get legal aid, and there's £ several thousand pound advantage.

Accuse your partner of domestic violence
Bleed your heart in a gender biased court getting a conviction (because even false accusations have a 80% chance at success)
Apply for legal aid
Bob's your uncle free taxpayer aid by someone gaining the system.

And by the way this is expensive, because the accused also has legal aid paid to defend the case not to mention all the other public money spent adjudicating each case.

It's be interested whether domestic violence cases going to court increase for other reasons?
All someone has to do is use the 1-2-3 punch to get legal aid, and there's £ several thousand pound advantage. Accuse your partner of domestic violence Bleed your heart in a gender biased court getting a conviction (because even false accusations have a 80% chance at success) Apply for legal aid Bob's your uncle free taxpayer aid by someone gaining the system. And by the way this is expensive, because the accused also has legal aid paid to defend the case not to mention all the other public money spent adjudicating each case. It's be interested whether domestic violence cases going to court increase for other reasons? dukeofM4
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