"Instead of dragging cases throught the courts for weeks, a Whitehall review of the system will recommend a massive reduction ni the levels of lawyer interference in divorce cases.
It will become compulsory for couples to try mediation before rushing into legal proceedings over disputes over children and money"
Under the new scheme, it will only be compulsory if you CANNOT agree things with your ex partner.
If it is compulsory then hopefully it will act as a deterrent for those ex partners that enjoy making life difficult.
My ex would not entertain the idea of mediation, and if he had, it would probably have saved both of us 4k-5k in solicitors fees (and we didn't go to court)!!
Anything that overhauls the system and can possibly bring around a less antagonistic way of dealing with divorce, I truly believe can only be a good thing???
Its a shame this was not motivated in the hope of improving the system rather than cost cutting.
There are to few judges as it is, legal aid rates are cut and cut again meaning many practices no longer accept legally aided peeps.
Most mediators charge more than legal aid pays solicitors who will pay the extra? and where will all the new mediators appear from?.
Mediators are like all other professionals good bad and ugly, solicitor mediators are experienced and often very good they know the law and are not in it for the money, if a raft of new mediators were needed they will be just that new and without experience and probably with little knowledge of family law.
The main problem is as said mediation only works when two people can sit and talk give and take and be reasonable, the fact that court become involved usually means one or both are not open to negotiation and be reasonable.
Legal aid cases already require mediation to qualify which in many cases fails very early on and then its of to court.
The system is flawed i think most agree is this the way forward, well i suppose time will tell.