Asya Panchalieva

Associate Solicitor

DATE PUBLISHED: 02 Feb 2024 LAST UPDATED: 02 Feb 2024

The Family Mediation Voucher Scheme

We are pleased to announce that our Family Mediators are now taking part in the Government’s Family Mediation Voucher Scheme.

The scheme has been designed to help parties settle family disputes outside of Court. This is a Government run scheme which, if eligible, provides parties with a voucher of up to £500 (inclusive of VAT) that can be used towards mediation sessions which could help to avoid Court proceedings.

The vouchers can only be used for mediation sessions and cannot be used for the initial Mediation Information and Assessment meeting (MIAM). The costs of the MIAM’s will need to be met by the parties.

The vouchers can be used for the following cases: –

  • A dispute/application regarding a child;
  • A dispute/application regarding family financial matters where you are also involved in a dispute/application regarding a child.

This means that you will not be eligible for the voucher if your dispute/application is purely to do with the finances.

Who is eligible?

This scheme is not income based, if your dispute/application meets the above criteria, you will be eligible for the voucher. This will be discussed further in your initial meeting with the Mediator.

How does it work?

If you meet the eligibility criteria and decide to proceed with mediation, one of our Family Mediators will apply for the voucher on your behalf. This will be paid to your Mediator directly once mediation has concluded. You will only be able to apply for the voucher as a “one off” contribution of up to £500 (inclusive of VAT) towards the costs of your mediation. If you have previously used the voucher scheme, you will not be able to re-apply in relation to the same dispute.

If you would like to book in an appointment with one of our Family Mediators, or if you would simply like more information in relation to mediation, please do not hesitate to contact our experts in the Family Department on 01202 636223.

How can we help?

When you submit this form an email will be sent to the relevant department who will contact you within 48 hours. If you require urgent advice please call 01202 525333.

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