Mediation has long been seen as a good way of trying to resolve differences, especially in family cases. However, hard on the heels of one of Britain’s longest-running and most bitter divorces, there is a concerted effort by the courts to drive more couples towards mediation.
The multi-million pound divorce case of Young v Young was, according to the judge, “extraordinary even by the standards of the most bitter of matrimonial breakdowns”. The seven-year court battle between the couple has cost millions and notched up 65 hearings in court before the wife finally secured a £20 million financial award. And the case may yet return to court to deal with costs and enforcing the award.
It has been shown that the average time for a mediated case is 110 days compared to 435 days for those that aren’t and as well as shortening the process it is hoped mediation will reduce the emotional and financial burden on those involved.
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