The poll was commissioned by mediation organisation ‘Resolution’ and involved over 2,000 people. Results have been released in support of Family Dispute Resolution Week this week, which aims to raise national awareness of alternatives to divorce.
Results from the poll found that 13% of married people had ‘seriously considered’ divorcing their wives or husbands, but had since changed their minds and decided to stay put.
The most recent national figures show that 120,000 couples divorced in 2010, up 5% from the previous year.
The Resolution poll found that four out of five people believe children are the main casualties to come out of divorce; however, a similar proportion of people say they would always put their children’s interests ahead of financial disputes such as asset distribution.
Jo Edwards, Vice Chair of Resolution, said: “These findings highlight how people have good intentions to prioritise the well-being of children and to avoid conflict during separation, but this can often be derailed by a lack of knowledge of non-court based options and an exposure to the adversarial nature of courts. Something is going very wrong, and often the result is emotionally and financially drained parents and deeply distressed children.”
Court does not have to be the first option when it comes to separation and divorce. Conflicts can often be resolved with couples counselling. Couples counselling treats the marriage as the ‘client’ – not the individuals themselves. Through specialist techniques, a couples counsellor will attempt to identify destructive patterns, improve communication, discuss the impact of loss and change, and address any instances of domestic violence and abuse.
To find out more, please visit our Couples Counselling page.
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