Coalville law experts welcomes increased focus on mediation in divorces

One of the region’s leading law experts has welcomed new legislation which sees more of a focus on the role of mediators in divorces.

QualitySolicitors Mander Cruickshank said the law changes, which came into operation in April, will see mediators involved in divorces where there are children involved or financial matters.

“Divorce is often a very painful process for those involved and the involvement of an impartial third party trying to find a resolution is welcome for not only the couple involved but all those associated with them,” said Kathryn Hicklin, head of family law at the practice.

“There will also be an obligation by the court to consider mediation at every stage even after court proceedings start,” she added.

“It is a well-known fact that divorce is one of the most stressful situations that people can encounter and all that can be done to make this easier on parties has to be seen as a step in the right direction,” added Ms Hicklin, whose firm have branches in both Coalville and Hinckley.

The changes come shortly after research by QualitySolicitors showed that 89 per cent of those going through a divorce are worried about their direction in life post-divorce , with two-thirds of divorcing parents also worried about the effects on children, and three-quarters of couples have to completely reassess their finances.

“With the correct professional help life can get better sooner rather than later,” she added. “Divorce is an enormously traumatic ordeal and speaking to people like us will help point those struggling in the right direction.”

She added that QualitySolicitors Mander Cruickshank’s first advice is free and anybody wishing to know more about the issues surrounding divorce is urged to call on 01530 510666.

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