The Ministry of Justice set up the Family Mediation Voucher Scheme during Covid-19 to encourage more people to consider using mediation as a means of resolving their disputes and with the aim of diverting cases where appropriate away from the courts.  Reports show that 65% of cases under the scheme have reached whole or partial agreement away from the court, and a further 3% only attending courts for the formalisation of their agreement. 

What is family mediation?

Family mediation is a process whereby a trained mediator helps you discuss and agree arrangements with your ex-partner in relation to issues surrounding your separation, whether in relation to your children or finances or both. The mediator will help you work through your disagreements and find a solution that works for you both.  

As a result of this success the Ministry of Justice have made an extra £5.4M available to fund further vouchers. 

Will I qualify for the family mediation voucher scheme? 

Not all cases are eligible under the family mediation voucher scheme. Your case will need to involve a dispute regarding a child or regarding family financial matters but only where you are also involved in a dispute relating to a child.

If you qualify a voucher up to £500 per case can be claimed towards mediation costs. 

To apply you first need to attend a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM) with a mediator authorised by the Family Mediation Council. You will need to pay for the MIAM, which usually costs around £90 per person.  During the MIAM the mediator will assess your eligibility and guide you through the application process. 

How can I find a qualified mediator?

Only mediators authorised by the Family Mediation Council are taking part in the voucher scheme. You can find a list of mediators taking part in the scheme using this link  

Mediation is only one form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).  A combination of ADR processes can be used during a dispute, or they can be used alongside litigation. For a full overview of all dispute resolution options we can help you with, download a copy of Our Guide to Dispute Resolution.

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Written by Caroline Watson

September 29, 2022

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