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Family Mediation Week highlights Â£48 billion cost of family breakdown to the taxpayer as charity calls for mediation
Wednesday, 26th January 2017
- 42% of marriages now expected to end in divorce, which is costing the taxpayer billions
- The charity Family Mediators Association is calling on parents to put children first and try to avoid lengthy legal battles, as research reveals that despite a change in law just 14% were aware of family mediation alternatives when splitting up
- Family Mediation Week is running from Monday 23rd-Friday 27th January and aims to raise awareness of the benefits of and law behind family mediation
The 'Cost of Family Failure Index' 2016 has revealed that the cost of family breakdowns to the taxpayer had risen by £1 billion to £48 billion, and is still going up. Meanwhile, despite mediation being a legal requirement for separating couples before they can apply for an expensive court order, just 14% of parents were aware of family mediation when they were separating.
At the start of Family Mediation Week (23-27 January 2017), the Family Mediation Association is calling for greater public understanding of the divorce process to better protect children and other at-risk parties, as well as reduce the burden on the taxpayer."
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