Family Mediation is quickly becoming recognised as a more positive for solution for separating couples as an alternative to expensive legal ‘battles’ played out in divorce courts across the UK.

Publicly funded mediation services are encouraged by government bodies, and suggest that mediation would lessen confrontation between separating couples and help them to put their children’s needs first.

The justice minister, Lord McNally, said: “Mediation can be quicker, cheaper and produces better results than stressful family court battles – and we are committed to helping more separating couples use the excellent services available.”

Following cuts to Legal Aid last April, there’s now further pressure on the courts to support an influx of divorce and children cases, which could be eased by couples exploring positive alternatives such as family mediation and collaborative law, speeding up the process for couples with specific focus on arrangements for children and settling financial disputes.

Newcastle based David Gray Solicitors LLP have one of the North East’s largest family departments, and offer positive choices for separating couples including both family mediation and collaborative family law. Last year, just over 17,000 people successfully used legal aid-funded mediation to settle family issues, a figure which legal practitioners are hoping to see increase as legal aid is still an available option to those seeking mediation, despite being withdrawn from other areas of law.

To find out more about alternatives to court for separating couples, and to find out how the process of mediation works, visit