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Minister pledge £10 million for family mediation

Ministers have promised millions to help couples end their marriage through family mediation.

Family mediation helps separating and divorcing couples to negotiate how they will divide their assets and look after any children in the relationship.

The announcement from Lord McNally comes in response to ‘Divorce Day’ as a means to aid a quicker and simpler approach which in turn helps families achieve a better outcome.

The Ministry of Justice says that the multi-million pound boost for family mediation could see divorce last a quarter of the time that traditional court based proceedings do and save couples around £3,500 for couples claiming legal aid for divorce.

Swain & Co’s family lawyers say that the announcement comes as legal aid for all family law, apart for domestic violence, is to be scrapped from April 2013.

Whitehall calculations suggest that mediated divorce funded on legal aid costs the state £500 as opposed to £4,000 for divorce argued through the courts. Plus, it also estimates that a mediated split takes 110 days opposed to 435 for contested divorces.

Avoiding conflict helps families deal with the impact of divorce.

Swain & Co now offer family mediation under Legal Aid if eligible, if you are considering using mediation for divorce and separation, speak to us for free on 0800 298 6479


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