There has been a surge in the number of divorcing couples turning to mediation, a national organisation has claimed.
National Family Mediation (NFM), based in Exeter, reports that it received an average of 3,400 calls per month enquiring about the option over the first six months of this year, more than twice the monthly average of 1,600 calls during the same period last year.
The figures may correspond to an overall decline in the number of private family cases reaching court, said NFM, as recently reported by Cafcass.
NFM Chief Executive Jane Robey said:
“Cuts to legal aid mean the routes separating couples are taking as they try to reach settlements are becoming more convoluted.”
“Couples are increasingly self-researching their options, and this is reflected in the huge increase in calls to dispute resolution specialists.”