New Family Mediation Scheme

New Family Mediation SchemeThe Family Mediation Council has announced the launch of a new voucher scheme to help clients access family mediation.

What is family mediation?

Family mediation is a process through which an independent trained mediator can help you and your ex-partner work out arrangements with regard to children and finances following separation.

Why should I consider family mediation?

  • It may help to improve communication with your ex-partner.
  • It can be a less stressful way to deal with highly sensitive and emotive matters.
  • It can help you reach an agreement without having to issue Court proceedings.

Who is the scheme for?

The scheme will be aimed at clients who are not financially eligible for legal aid and will be restricted to cases that are regarded as private family law disputes, such as those involving arrangements for children or financial matters.

How much are the vouchers worth?

The scheme will offer up to £500 per family towards the costs of their mediation. The payment will be made directly to the mediator.

How can I access the scheme?

It is essential, before you book an initial assessment, to ask the mediator whether they have registered for the scheme. If so, the mediator should be able to provide you with information relating to the scheme and say whether your case may be eligible.

To be considered for the scheme, your initial assessment (a MAIM) must have taken place after 26 March 2021.

What if family mediation does not work?

If you have attended mediation and cannot reach an agreement, or your ex-partner is refusing to attend mediation, then please do not hesitate to get in touch to see how we can help you.

For a free, confidential, no-obligation chat please call Jeet Panesar on 02476 932 025 or alternatively email her to request a call back: J.Panesar@viennakang.co.uk