BIRMINGHAM: UK's busiest courts urge couples to seek mediation

London may be the Divorce Capital of the World but Birmingham has the UK’s busiest divorce courts  according to several media reports.

Birmingham is rock bottom when it comes to marital battles with the city’s divorce court the busiest in England and Wales.
To buck the bitter trend, warring couples are now being urged to spurn confrontational courtroom battles and use mediation to sort out disputes over property, finances and children,
Last year 2,655 couples decided to go their separate ways and file for divorce at Birmingham Civil Justice Centre and Family Courts, the highest number of any court in the UK.
In light of these figures, Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes has called on parents and couples who have made the difficult decision to divorce to use mediation to sort out disputes over their property, finances and children, rather than face the stressful experience of going to court.
He said people can now access the new user-friendly Family Mediation Council website to find a mediator. more