LETTER:Mediation works

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From Ms Thelma Fisher

Sir: Family mediators welcome the changes to divorce law ("New plan could end `quickie divorces' ", 20 March) which would ensure that an offer of mediation is made to every couple considering divorce. Research conducted by Newcastle University has consistently shown the effectiveness of mediation in improving communication and reducing bitterness between couples at considerable potential savings and to the benefit of their children.

National Family Mediation is an association of 60 family mediation services around the country. Together with the Family Mediators' Association we are responding to the challenge of mediation becoming central to divorce procedures by setting up a single, professional body to maintain standards in the face of increased demand. We would advise a gradual and financially supported build up of mediation services.

Yours faithfully,



National Family Mediation

London, WC1

21 March