The beginning of the New Year was the final chapter of a long-term partnership for many married couples.
After the holiday break, attorneys who specialise in divorce and separation cases around the nation welcomed a large number of new customers who were interested in learning more about these topics when they returned to their offices. This occurrence, which begins on the first working day back after the New Year, is frequently referred to as “Divorce Day” or “D: Day,” and it begins on the first working day back after the New Year. In actuality this surge in inquiry often lasts for the course of the first fortnight in January.
It is more likely that Christmas will have been a time of contention and discord for many couples than it will have been a time of joy and the promise of things to come. As a result, many couples will have reevaluated their relationships, and in many cases, they will have decided to separate as a result.
The statement that Ministers have contributed £10 million to speed up and reduce the stress that can be produced throughout the process of divorce and separation was made public at the beginning of this busy season of 2013, which began with the start of 2013.
The funds will be used to subsidise Mediation Worthing services that are geared toward assisting couples in negotiating how to divide their property and take care of their children after the couple’s breakup. The additional £10 million was promised by the minister of family justice, Lord McNally, who stated that the services provide a “quicker and simpler method that provides better outcomes” for the families that are engaged in the case.
According to the Ministry of Justice, the typical cost of a contentious divorce that is resolved in court is roughly £4,000, whereas the cost of a divorce that is settled through Mediation Worthing and paid for by the state is £500. When compared to fought divorces, which sometimes take more than 400 days to complete, the time implications of a mediated solution are staggering: 110 days. It is possible to avoid wasting a significant amount of both time and resources by encouraging more couples receiving public funding to participate in mediation.
In 2013, revisions to the Legal Aid system will steer all cases, with the exception of those that pose the greatest danger, into the Mediation Worthing process. This will cause the process of Mediation Worthing to become a more prevalent practise. People who require services related to family law after April 1, 2013, will no longer be eligible for Legal Aid unless they are applying for an injunction, already in the process of mediation, or have evidence of domestic violence in their possession. The exceptions to this rule are people who are already in mediation or who have evidence of domestic violence.
Mediation Worthing and collaborative law practises, where couples agree to address their concerns without using the court process, have also witnessed a considerable surge among privately paying clientele. Couples are making the decision to take part in these alternative kinds of dispute resolution in an effort to find a solution to their conflict that is less stressful and can be dealt with in a more timely manner.
“There is a noticeable difference between the atmosphere in these cases and that of our contested cases,” commented Rachel Buckley, Director of Hartnell Chanot & Partners. “Our firm has been utilising Mediation Worthing solutions for our clients for 21 years, and there is a noticeable difference between these cases and that of our contested cases.” He went on to emphasise the following: “Not only are mediated splits often settled faster and more economically, but by engaging in constructive and amiable conversations, the tension and anxiety that is frequently associated with divorce is considerably lessened.” This is of the utmost significance whenever there are young children involved.