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A Whitehall review of the system hopes that compulsory mediation may help to sort out disputes over money and child custody, thereby reducing the number of long drawn-out court cases.
David Norgrove, who is chairing the review, claims the family court system is under "tremendous strain" with the number of divorce cases rising 16 per cent last year to 137,000.
Those that involve children last an average of 56 weeks.
The proposals are due to be published in full early next year and will recommend that as many cases as possible be resolved with mediation.
More complicated battles would be dealt with via a simpler, quicker system with shorter hearings. If nothing else, the system review could save up to £100 million in legal aid.
"There is a general sense that more cases can and should be devolved from the court-based process."
He added: "At present, if you want to get divorced, you need a form and for that you need to know the number of the legislation involved.
"Most people don't know that so they are pushed down the route towards lawyers."
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