Telegraph reports on fall in family mediation referrals

By: Juliet
On: Tuesday, 29 October, 2013

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Disastrous’ drop in out-of-court mediation for divorcing couples  Photo: ALAMY/POSED BY MODELS

Telegraph article by , Social Affairs Editor

Thousands of divorcing couples and their children are being drawn into bitter but avoidable court battles in the wake of Government cuts to legal aid, stark new figures show.

The changes have triggered a virtual collapse in an alternative system designed to help families facing separation reach agreement over their property and children’s upbringing without going to court, they suggest.