The government has announced that it is investing £1 million in family mediation to help separating families resolve issues relating to children. Under the scheme, a family can access up to £500 in funding if they use a mediator accredited by the Family Mediation Council Accredited (FMCA). The government expects the investment to reduce the cost of mediation for at least 2000 families.
Juliette Dalrymple, managing director and mediator at Family Matters Mediation, says:
“This is excellent news for those families in our region that recognise that mediation is the way forward for them. Mediation is an excellent way of helping separated couples to come to an agreement about their children and find solutions that work – and will last. All of our mediators are members of the FMCA and some have specific expertise in child inclusive mediation.”
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.