The government has announced that it is investing £1m in family mediation, to help 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.
Helen Derry, FMC Accredited Mediator and Head of Mediation at Sills & Betteridge, is delighted that the government have made the decision to give financial support to separating couples in this way. Her team can be contacted on 01522 551613. They have provided an online mediation service via apps such as FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype and Zoom throughout lockdown and whilst they will continue to offer this service, that are also looking forward to offering office meetings across the region as lockdown measures ease.