A new survey released this week has revealed that up to three million married Britons have at some stage seriously considered divorcing their spouses, but later decided against the move, reports The Daily Telegraph.
The survey was commissioned by Resolution, formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association, which represents some 6,500 family lawyers in England and Wales who are involved in mediation work between separating couples.
The survey was commissioned in time for the first ever Family Dispute Resolution Week, which aims to raise awareness of mediation, financial arbitration and collaborative law as an alternative to going to court for separating couples.
The statistics reveal that up to 13% of married people had seriously considered divorce, but also revealed many other current attitudes held by married couples.
Four out of five married people told the survey that they would put the children first in any separation and a staggering 40% believe that a divorce can never be resolved without conflict.
Jo Edwards is the Vice Chair of Resolution, she believes that the survey highlights the notion of conflict as an essential part of divorce and separation, something she believes is down to a lack of knowledge about non-court options like mediation.
"These findings highlight... a lack of knowledge of non-court based options and an exposure to the adversarial nature of courts," she said.
"Something is going very wrong, and often the result is emotionally and financially drained parents and deeply distressed children," she added.
Mediation offers separating couples the chance to resolve conflict in a neutral setting under the auspices of a fully-trained mediator. Collaborative law involves the couple and their lawyers working together towards a solution, whilst family financial arbitration help couples resolves financial issues relating to separation.
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