With effect from 6 April 2011 separating couples are required to attend a mediation awareness session before taking their case to court unless there are allegations of domestic violence or child protection issues. Applicants for public funding are already required to do this. The Pre-application protocol for mediation information and assessment (Family Procedure Rules 2010) is available at http://www.justice.gov.uk/about/docs/pd-introducing-pre-action-protocol-feb-2011.pdf