Mediation

Family Mediators Welcome Government Voucher Scheme

The government has today announced that it is investing £1m in family mediation, to support families to resolve issues relating to children. Under the scheme, the Ministry of Justice will provide contributions of up to £500 per family, to resolve issues relating to children following parental separation. Mediation will be provided by Family Mediation Council Accredited (FMCA) mediators and the fund will reduce the costs of mediation for at least 2000 families.

John Taylor, Chair of the Family Mediation Council said ‘This government investment in mediation is much welcomed by the Family Mediation Council. It will help separated families agree solutions that are best for their children, taking into account what is going to be important for them as they grow up. Family mediation is a proven cost-effective way to resolve differences following separation. This voucher scheme will make it even more accessible, and will help families resolve issues for themselves, without having to go to court.’

Family mediation is a process in which an independent, professionally trained mediator helps parents work out arrangements for children and finances following separation. Mediation can also be helpful when previous child arrangements need to change, particularly as children grow up.

GoodLaw Solicitors LLP family mediator, Jane Wells FMCA, is proud to be able to offer this service at the firm and has signed up to this scheme.  Jane Wells is a very experienced family mediator and comments “It is encouraging that the government are supporting mediation in this manner. I hope it will offer some financial assistance to separating parents to encourage them to participate in mediation as it can only benefit children if parents are able to resolve matters amicably rather than involve the courts.”

If you are interested in mediation or need some advice about the process, please contact the family law team on 01273 956270 or family@goodlawsolicitors.co.uk.