A recent survey by the family lawyers group Resolution brings home how little the general public understands the divorce process. And this despite the fact that getting on for half of all new marriages will end in divorce. According to the survey, nearly half of respondents think getting divorced will require a court case. Comments Philip Hind, an Assistant Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution Department at Kidd Rapinet’s Maidenhead office: “The availability of non-confrontational dispute resolution procedures doesn’t seem to be clearly understood.”
A further finding was that 40% of respondents believe divorce can never be without conflict. Philip Hind comments: “Quite clearly we in the legal profession, and the Government, need to work much harder at explaining to the public that divorce needn’t be a battle-ground, and that non-court based methods of achieving divorce are readily available.” An example of this would be using mediation to try and resolve these issues before settling for a divorce. If you feel you may need advice, Kidd Rapinet can advise you. Call Philip Hind on 01628 621301 for further information.