Weston-super-Mare named as a "divorce hotspot"
WESTON-SUPER-MARE has been named as one of England and Wales’ divorce hotspots.
Almost 2,500 couples filed for divorced at Weston-super-Mare County Court last year, which was the second highest number for any part of the country outside of Greater London.
Birmingham was top of the list with 2,799 divorce petitions filed in the period between October 2011 to September 2012.
Bristol also came quite high up on the list of cities - with the seventh highest number of divorce petitions, at 1,705.
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The statistics were published as the Ministry of Justice announced it is to encourage separating couples to use mediation before going through the courts.
The Government says it is a quicker, simpler and more effective way of agreeing how to divide assets or make arrangements for children - and avoids the often divisive effect of the courtroom.
The MoJ has already announced that it expects to spend £25 million to support publicly-funded mediation this year and new laws are now being created to ensure that all separating couples must consider mediation to sort out the details of their divorce before they decide to take their dispute to the courts.
Family justice minister Lord McNally said: “All too often I hear stories of families going through expensive and traumatic court hearings but we know that when working out how to split assets and arrange time with the children, mediation is a far simpler and cheaper approach for everyone and leads to better outcomes.
“That is why we are changing the law so that all couples seeking a court order about child contact or a financial matter must attend a mediation information assessment meeting first, to find out about mediation and consider whether it is suitable for them.”