Date: 26 March 2021
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.
Local family mediator Adrian Coggon FMCA, from John Barkers Family Mediation Service said:
“Mediation is quicker, less stressful and more cost effective way of resolvingfamily disputes and the voucher scheme is very welcome news – sparing families from lengthy court proceedings and preserving parenting relationships.”
Are you in need of Family Mediation? Does your case involve children? Call Adrian Coggon now on 01472 358686 and learn how you can claim your £500 voucher.