02 February 2015
Divorce Rates Up in England & Wales
As Family Solicitors we’re frequently asked how many marriages end in divorce.
In 2013 the Office for National Statistics reported that 42% of marriages ended in divorce, nearly half of all marriages. In 2011 more than 235,000 people divorced and in the same year the average age of people divorcing was 44.5 years for men and 42.1 years for women.
In 2012 the Office for National Statistics reported that 66% of divorces were on the petition of the wife and almost half of divorces involved children under the age of 16.
In 2011 it was the first divorce for both partners in 70.1% of cases, while in 19.7% cases one party had been divorced previously, and in 9.6% of cases both had divorced previously.
Sadly divorce and the breakdown of relationships are a common occurrence of modern family life but it is how we deal with the breakdown of those relationships and sort out what happens to the children and financial assets that can affect the overall outcome and the health and well-being of everyone involved.
At Slater and Gordon Lawyers we offer a range of different options to help including legal advice from our Family Solicitors, Collaborative Law and Family Mediation.
Family Mediation is an alternative to divorce court proceedings and involves a series of meetings between the separating couple and the mediator. Throughout the process they work with the mediator, to help them both reach an agreement that they both feel comfortable with. Mediation gives the couple a degree of control over the speed and cost and is invariably quicker and less expensive than divorce court proceedings. In fact it is now compulsory except in certain exceptional circumstances to attend a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM) to find out if mediation is suitable and the best way forward.
At Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Milton Keynes, Tara Deegan, our Solicitor Mediator, is trained to offer MIAM meetings and can offer appointments at short notice at our offices in Central Milton Keynes. Tara is not only trained as a mediator but has been a Family & Divorce Solicitor for 21 years so brings years of experience to her role as family mediator.
For further information about our Family Law Mediation services in Milton Keynes Tara is available to discuss any initial enquiry over the telephone at no charge and then charges £89 plus vat each or £130 plus vat per couple for the first MIAM meeting. Thereafter mediation sessions costs £150 plus vat per person a rate that is lower than most Family Lawyers. As mediation involves direct meetings and discussions the costs remain low as compared to instructing a solicitor and the couple can sometimes reach a resolution after a few weeks.
For further information or a free telephone appointment with Tara Deegan in Milton Keynes (only) call 020 7657 1439. Outside of Milton Keynes please call freephone 0800 916 9055 or contact us online.
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