An Exeter based charity's seen a sharp rise in people coming to it because of a breakdown in the family. National Family Mediation says calls to its free helpline have gone from 1200 calls a month to well over 3,000, since a key change in the law a year ago. It became compulsory last April for couples - who are separating or getting a divorce - to go to a 'mediation awareness meeting', BEFORE going through the courts. National Family Mediation says since then it's been overwhelmed with calls from hundreds of people who don't know what to do or where to turn.
We’re using this as a base to talk more broadly about the subject of divorce and separation in a conversational way, by getting people on the phone on the programme to talk to us. What experiences have people had of going through divorce? Could more be done to support people facing a family breakdown? Is it too expensive to separate these days? What things are people thinking about now before they get together with a partner? Etc. We want real insights from real people.
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