Ministry of Justice Family Mediation Voucher Scheme
Back in 2021, the Ministry of Justice announced that they were investing into assisting separating or separated families, to resolve disputes in relation to child arrangements, through Mediation.
Since then, the scheme has proven a success with over 8,400 vouchers used (with further funding for another 10,200) and a total of £8.7 million investment so far. This is great news for us as mediation specialists because we are able to support more separating families through Family Mediation.
Book your MIAM
Our Family Mediation team are here to take the worry off your hands. We offer a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) to discuss whether ongoing mediation is appropriate for your circumstances.
What is the Family Mediation Voucher Scheme?
The Family Mediation Voucher Scheme is designed to support separating families to resolve their disputes outside of Court. It has been set up to encourage more people to consider mediation as a means of resolution.
The scheme is available to contribute £500 towards the costs of Family Mediation for separated families, wishing to resolve difficulties they may be having in relation to the arrangements for their children, regardless of their income and financial circumstances.
What is Family Mediation?
Family Mediation is where a professionally trained independent Mediator assists separating families, establish arrangements on various issues, such as:
- Parenting arrangements
- Child maintenance
- Finances and property disputes
- Grandparents contact with children
- Mediation for unmarried parents
During the Mediation process, no one is forced to do anything they do not want to do, thus allowing you to stay in control of a situation. Trained Mediators, will facilitate a safe environment and impartially explore with you, your circumstances and particular issues, to help you find solutions which works for your family as a whole.
How do I apply for the voucher scheme?
If you have a case that may be eligible, your mediator will discuss this during your MIAM. You will then be offered a voucher contribution which is subject to suitability, case type, and the availability of the vouchers.
How can we help you?
The Family Mediation Voucher Scheme is welcomed by all of us at Midlands Dove. We have an experienced team of specialist and Accredited Lawyer Mediators who have expertise in resolving family disputes using the process of Family Mediation.
Family Mediation is proven to be an effective and time sensitive way for each family to explore different options and work out what arrangements are best for their Family. The investment from the Government allows for mediation to be more accessible to those families who require it.
Our specially trained mediators are able to provide impartial support across the country, using remote platforms.
In addition we have a network of offices based in: Chesterfield, Nottingham, Mansfield and Derby.