Dispute Resolution Week is Here; Research shows shocking lack of awareness in the benefits of dispute resolution

Dispute Resolution week is here. Family Solicitors and mediators all over the country will be hosting evens to promote dispute resolution in family cases. Everywhere except Devon that is. In Devon it is also Domestic Abuse Awareness Week, so our contribution to Dispute Resolution Week will be next week. Please see older posts.

Worrying New Research

The Family Solicitors organisation, Resolution  has today published new research which estimates that 115,000 people could save money if they knew more the alternatives to court. The Research was undertaken by ComRes on their behalf of Resolution.

Below is a linkto the ComRes website and to the research, which is re-posted below in olive type.




Couples risk increasing the stress and cost of divorce settlements because of a “worrying lack of awareness” about a wide variety of non-court based solutions according to relationship experts, following the publication of new polling published today (25 Nov). 

There is “patchy understanding” and “ill-founded scepticism” about alternatives to going to court during break-ups according to a new poll commissioned by Resolution – the body representing 6,500 family law professionals in England and Wales. The problem is “exacerbated” by recent cuts to legal aid, meaning that “fewer couples have access to free legal advice, and so fewer people are being directed by solicitors towards solutions other than court.”

This is despite the fact that for many couples, avoiding a lengthy courtroom battle can reduce stress and can result in significant financial savings. In fact it is estimated that over 115,000 people each year could save money and stress during relationship break ups if they are made fully aware of all their options. 

Today’s findings:

Scepticism about the benefits of avoiding court:

The ComRes poll of over 4,000 British adults found that:

–          Only half of people surveyed (51%) say they would consider trying a non-court-based solution instead of going court if they were to divorce in the future.

–          There is ill-founded scepticism about the legality of non-court solutions – just 23% of British adults believe that non-court based methods of divorce and separation “make the terms of the separation clear to both parties”.

–          Just one quarter of British adults (24%) think that non-court based methods of divorce “protect the rights of both parties”.

–          Just 52% of British adults say they think that non-court based methods of divorce and separation “are better for the wellbeing of couples”.

–          Only 50% of British adults say that “non-court based methods of divorce and separation are better for the wellbeing of children”. 

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