UK - Couples willing to go to law over child access might do better to try mediation first

...Many couples disregard mediation, thinking that it isn’t for them. What they need to remember is, it isn’t about them. How many warring couples end up in court over arrangements about where their children live and how often they see their absent parent? Not only do these cases cost the state and individuals huge amounts of money every year, what about the impact on the children caught in the middle?

I don’t understand couples who would rather ask a sheriff to make a hugely important decision about their children’s lives than work it out between themselves. Not only do parents know best when it comes to their children, but decisions which are agreed, rather than ordered are much easier for both parents to live with and stick to and that has to be better for children too.


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