Mediators welcome additional funding for voucher scheme

Kimberley Davies
Kimberley Davies

Top 150 law firm Trethowans welcomes the further £5.4m investment the government is making into the family mediation voucher scheme, to provide a brighter future for thousands of families.

The funds will allow more separated parents to benefit from up to £500 of family mediation services, provided by Family Mediation Council Accredited mediators.

It is far better for children and for parents to work together to try to agree the way forward following separation rather than go to court, but this can be hard for people to do without help. Family mediation provides parents a safe and supported structure to sort out the best arrangements for the children, taking into account what is going to be important for them, as they grow up.


It also provides parents with the space and time they need to think about what is most important for their children, and for the whole family. Each separating family can get up to £500 of funding for family mediation where there are issues relating to children that need to be discussed.


Since April 2021 the Vouchers have supported over 8,400 families. This has had a dramatic impact on the lives of these families with the vast majority reaching whole or partial agreement and avoiding any contested family court proceedings. The increased investment in the scheme announced by the Ministry of Justice for 2022/2023 will allow around 10,200 more families to be helped to access regulated family mediation and make arrangements that work best for them.

Family Mediation Council Accredited Mediator Kimberley Davies of Trethowans, which has offices in Bournemouth and Poole, is signed up to offer vouchers under the scheme. Kimberley said: “I am pleased to see the extension of the family mediation voucher scheme which continues to help our clients to explore the benefits of mediation. I am proud to be part of this scheme, to help my clients reach child-focused resolutions for their family”.

 

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