In a climate of escalating living costs, the UK divorce rate is soaring to record highs. Attempting to navigate an affordable divorce amidst these challenging times may feel like an insurmountable task.

However, here at Dootsons, we believe there’s a more compassionate, cost-effective way.

The Economics of Divorce

It’s important to recognise that rising living costs and economic struggles are often major contributors to marital breakdowns. Research shows a significant correlation between financial issues and marital discord, with financial disagreements being the strongest disagreement types and a top predictor for divorce.

In these trying times, the strain of financial difficulties exacerbates already challenging emotional issues.

Divorce in the UK Has Become a Troubling Trend

A decade-high surge in divorce cases paints a grim picture, with financial strain often cited as a root cause. According to the Office for National Statistics, the UK divorce rate rose to 8.9 per 1,000 married men and women in 2021, highlighting an increasing trend.

Furthermore, the introduction of no-fault divorce laws post-April 2022, while reducing some legal battles, hasn’t fully eliminated the challenges of costly Court proceedings many couples face when sorting out their financial and child custody issues.

The Power of Mediation

Yet, all hope is not lost. When we speak of mediation, we’re talking about a cost-effective alternative that not only lightens the financial load but also promotes a more amicable separation.

Rather than engaging in confrontational court battles, mediation allows you to be part of a process where a neutral third party assists you and your soon-to-be-ex to negotiate mutually agreeable solutions.

The Psychological Benefits of Mediation

Beyond the undeniable financial benefits, mediation also fosters healthier communication between parties, allowing for improved long-term relationships. This is particularly beneficial when children are involved.

By providing a platform for open dialogue, it encourages co-parenting strategies that minimise the emotional impact on children, creating a smoother transition for the family unit.

Mediation Success Rates

According to UK’s Family Mediation Council, nearly 70% of couples who started mediation reached full agreement in 2019. These numbers underscore the effectiveness of the mediation process in dispute resolution, showcasing a successful, less adversarial alternative to the traditional court process.

A Cost-Effective Alternative

At Dootsons, we’re committed to providing alternatives that can lessen the financial burden and emotional strain of divorce. Angie Brown, Head of the Family Team and FMCA Accredited Mediator, affirms, “So many people are still unaware of the huge benefits that mediation offers. It’s not just a significant cost-saving solution for separating couples and parents, but an empowering alternative to the conventional legal and Court process.”

With over 20 years of Family Law experience and a decade of practising mediation, Angie brings a wealth of understanding and expertise to the table. She passionately believes in mediation as a strategy that hands back control to the separating partners.

“Mediation enables individuals to make decisions for themselves, reducing costs and delays significantly. It’s an empowering and positive alternative to the legal process.”

Making Mediation Accessible

While everyone feels the financial pinch in these testing times, we are committed to making this valuable process as accessible as possible. We offer the initial MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings) for the mediation assessment at a highly competitive rate of £50 plus VAT.

Additionally, we now participate in the Government Voucher Scheme, allowing most couples to claim £500 towards their mediation costs.

“When you’re given financial assistance to explore a solution with such a high success rate, it’s hard not to see the appeal,” Angie comments.

Tailored Assistance

Every couple’s situation is unique, requiring tailored strategies to navigate their separation. Our experienced mediators work closely with you, providing the guidance and support you need, helping you achieve a resolution that respects both parties’ needs and best interests.

Embracing a Fresh Start in a Positive Way

Divorce doesn’t have to translate into financial hardship and drawn-out court battles. Mediation, a cost-effective and empowering solution, is helping countless couples regain control of their futures, even in the midst of a cost of living crisis. The key lies in awareness, and that’s where we can assist. Dootsons are devoted to guiding you through this trying time, offering strategies that align with your personal circumstances and financial constraints.

Embarking on the journey of separation might seem daunting, but with the right guidance and knowledge, it’s possible to navigate it in a financially sensible and emotionally respectful way.

Remember, divorce isn’t just an end; it can also signify a fresh start, and we’re here to help you make it as smooth and cost-effective as possible.

Connecting with Us

If you’re considering separation or divorce and are concerned about cost and emotional stress, mediation could be the path for you.

For more details on the process, feel free to reach out to us through our website or call us on 01942 673431. We’re here to answer your questions and guide you on your journey.