Divorce is a difficult time for everyone involved, and it is often a complex process. In the past, a divorce in the UK had to be based on one of five grounds: adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, separation of two years with the consent of both parties, or separation of five years without the consent of both parties. This meant that couples had to attribute blame for the breakdown of their marriage, which could make the divorce process more contentious and emotionally charged. However, with the introduction of the no-fault divorce law, things are changing.
No fault divorce came into being in the UK from 6 April 2022, which means that couples can now end their marriage without having to assign blame or prove that one party was at fault. This makes the process less contentious and quicker, but it can still be complex. That’s where a Family Mediator comes in.
The Benefits of Using a Family Mediator for Your No-Fault Divorce
A family mediator is an independent third party who can help couples resolve their disputes and reach an agreement on issues such as child custody, financial settlements, and property division. A mediator is not there to take sides or make decisions but rather to facilitate communication and help both parties come to an agreement that works for everyone.
Here are some benefits of using a family mediator for your no-fault divorce:
Less Conflict and Stress
A no fault divorce can still be a stressful and emotional process, especially if there are disputes over finances or child custody. A mediator can help reduce conflict and stress by encouraging constructive communication and helping both parties find common ground. Mediation can also help couples avoid going to court, which can be a costly and time-consuming process.
Control Over the Outcome
In court, a judge will make the final decision about issues such as child custody and property division. However, in mediation, both parties have control over the outcome. This can be empowering and help both parties feel more satisfied with the final agreement.
Mediation is a private process, which means that the details of the divorce settlement are not made public. This can be important for couples who want to keep their personal lives private.
Mediation is a less formal process than going to court. This can make it easier for both parties to communicate and feel more comfortable sharing their concerns and needs.
Mediation can be more flexible than going to court. This is because both parties can agree to the time, place, and duration of the mediation sessions. This can be helpful for couples who have busy schedules or who want to work through the divorce process at their own pace.
No fault divorce will make the divorce process in the UK less contentious, but it can still be complex. Using a family mediator can help reduce conflict and stress, give both parties control over the outcome, provide privacy, be less expensive, less formal, and more flexible. By working with a mediator, couples can ensure that their divorce process is as smooth and amicable as possible.
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