Clients attending mediation will be delighted to know that the government has announced that it is investing £1m in family mediation. The government are keen to support families resolve issues without recourse to the courts which are both expensive and hostile.
The government have set aside a voucher fund to be allocated to participants in mediation who have attended a MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting) from today onwards.
The voucher will provide a contribution of up to £500 per family to be used towards the cost of mediation if the mediation relates to child arrangements.
Whilst the voucher does not cover the cost of a MIAM or any paperwork drafted by the mediator the financial contribution can be used towards the cost of attending mediation meetings. The voucher is a welcome move on behalf of the Ministry of Justice to support mediation and divert matters where appropriate away from the family courts.
Please note that the voucher is not based upon income but is limited to cases where there is a private law dispute or application concerning a child.
The voucher is available per case not per individual and a family can claim only one voucher during the life cycle of this scheme. The mediator applies for the voucher once both participants have agreed that mediation is a suitable process and both agree to an application for a voucher being made.
Please note that this scheme will only run until the funds are spent. Prior to commencement of your mediation the mediator will contact the Family Mediation Council to check whether vouchers are available.
Geldards family team recognise the importance of mediation in appropriate cases and are pleased to support any help available for families to assist them in resolving their differences particularly where children are concerned.
For more information on mediation, contact a member of our Mediation Team.