Birmingham – Most Popular City to Divorce
Last year almost 3,000 couples filed for divorce
in Birmingham. This is the highest number recorded
for any part of the country outside Greater London.
The statistics have been published as the Government continues to support mediation
to ensure that couples who make the decision to separate give consideration to mediation which can be quicker, simpler and a more effective
way of resolving issues following the breakdown of marriage. Mediation can assist in helping separating couples to make appropriate arrangements for their children and/or divide their assets
, in a bid to avoid the device and effect of the courtroom.
Separating couples are being urged to use mediation
instead of ending up in Court which can be a great deal more stressful and costly
Deborah Hardy, Partner in the Simpson Millar Family Law Team says: "The average cost of mediating to resolve property and financial disputes caused by separation is approximately £500 for a publically funded client
, compared to £4,000 for the same case
issued and settled through the courts. The average time for a mediation case is 110 days compared to 435 days for a non-mediated case... why would any couple NOT mediate?"
The Government expects to spend £25 million pounds to support publically funded mediation
this year. New laws are now being created to ensure that all separating couples must consider mediation
to sort out the details of their divorce, before they decide to take their disputes to Court.
The Family Justice Minister Lord McNally said "all too often I hear stories for families going through expensive and traumatic court hearings, but we know that when working out how to split assets and arrange time with the children, mediation is a far simpler and cheaper approach
and leads to better outcomes".