This month, figures have been released to show that despite Mediation being compulsory before applying for a Court Order around 95% of applications to the Court have not had a Mediation information and assessment meeting (MIAMs) completed. 

Mediation is not always appropriate for separating couples depending on their circumstances and with lots more people not being represented by a Solicitor the benefits of mediation are not necessarily being conveyed to couples.

It will be interesting to see if any changes are now made to the policy and what the Government will do to encourage mediation rather than Court.