The latest figures from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) confirm that Leeds is the divorce hotspot for the Yorkshire region.
The figures show that Leeds County Court dealt with 1,507 divorces, whilst our neighbouring courts dealt with significantly less: Bradford 869, Wakefield 575 and Harrogate 516.
There has been much in the press recently about the changes to public funding in April 2013 and the MoJ has confirmed that it anticipates the spending of £25M to support publicly funded mediations this year.
There is already a requirement, prior to issuing financial remedy proceedings at the court to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting which is basically a meeting to assess the suitability of mediation to a particular case. Following this meeting, the relevant form will be provided and we are to attach this form to our application form. Although I am not a trained mediator, I am a great believer in using alternatives to the court to resolve dispute - be it mediation, collaborative law, arbitration or good old fashioned round table negotiations. The court should really be the last resort for all parties and we should always explore alternatives to court and find a mechanism that gets the best solutions for the client.
Justine is a partner and head of the Family team Clarion can be contacted on 0113 336 3323 and email email@example.com
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