A new scheme launched by the Ministry of Justice aims to help more people access mediation. Couples can apply for the new £500 family mediation voucher that can be used towards the cost.
Mediation is often a quicker and more cost-effective way of resolving family disputes, and can spare families the trauma of attending court reducing the impact on their children. Couples working through their differences – led by a trained mediator – to reach agreements they are both prepared to accept, such as how to split finances or arranging child contact times, rather than a judge deciding for them. They can then ask a court to consider their agreement and make it into a legally binding and enforceable court order.
You will be eligible for a voucher if you are seeking to resolve a dispute concerning children using mediation. Couples will be able to find out more about the voucher scheme at their Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting or by speaking to a family mediator.
With 14 experienced family mediators and a national reputation for their work in mediation, Mills & Reeve have signed up to the scheme meaning that our mediators will be able to accept the voucher as payment towards the costs of mediation provided the eligibility criteria are met.”
For more information, please contact Alison Bull