We are participating in the Family Mediation Voucher Scheme – worth £500 towards the cost of family mediation

Ian Walker

Ian Walker – Founder/ Director/ Solicitor/ Mediator/ Arbitrator

The Family Mediation Voucher Scheme

I am pleased to say that we are participating in the Family Mediation Voucher Scheme.

The purpose of the scheme is to promote the benefits of family mediation and to encourage families with suitable cases to mediate – rather than to take their cases to the family courts.

More about The Family Mediation Voucher Scheme

The scheme runs from the 26 March 2021.

The scheme will offer mediation participants a financial contribution of up to £500 per family towards the total costs of their mediation.

This payment will be made directly to mediation providers by the Family Mediation Council (FMC) which is administering the scheme on behalf of the Ministry of Justice.

Full details of the Family Mediation Voucher Scheme can be found here

There are some important points to note:

Lisa Holden – Solicitor/ Mediator. Head of our Family Mediation Team

Lisa Holden – Solicitor/ Mediator. Head of our Family Mediation Team

The benefits of the family mediation voucher scheme – but simplified

Hopefully that doesn’t make it sound too complicated. To put it another way:

The voucher will clearly give a family much better value if they use a mediation service with the legal aid contract (like ours) and if one of the participants qualifies for legal aid and the other does not.

The Family Mediation Voucher Scheme has now been launched – so if you want to take advantage the starting point is to book your Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting to find out more.

legalOur Family Mediation Service

There is lots about family mediation in the mediation pages on our website

We have a contract with the legal aid agency to undertake legally aided family mediation.

Our family mediators are also experienced family solicitors. When we are acting as family mediators, we are neutral between the couple, or rather, we will assist both equally. Mediation is negotiation – but family mediation is negotiation about issues where there are legal implications and the alternative is an application to the court for a legal order. As lawyers we are well versed with the relevant law and procedures. Whilst we can’t give advice when we are assisting the family mediators, we can give very relevant and focused information about relevant legal matters. This can give couples confidence and assist couples to find solutions relevant to their own families. We are also able to say if a proposal is outside of the realms of what a court would consider to be reasonable.

As family mediation takes place in the shadow of the law – we are of the view that family mediation is better carried out by mediators who also family lawyers.

Our experienced family mediators

Our experienced family mediators are Ian Walker and Lisa Holden

Ian Walker’s experience includes:

Lisa Holden’s experience includes:

As you can see – we have a very experienced team.

How to get started and to use your Family Mediation Voucher

If you want to explore the viability of family mediation – the starting point is to get in touch with us.

Just give us a call. We will arrange a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting and then take things from there.

You don’t need to worry about the paperwork for the Family Mediation Voucher Scheme – we will sort this out with you.

childremMediation by videoconference

Since March 2020, we, like most other mediators have adapted to the use of video-conferencing for family mediation. On the whole this has worked very well.

Clients have reported to us that they like the convenience of video-conference and also that meetings can be more comfortable because they are not in the same room as the other party. Video-conference also allows mediation to be more viable where the participants live some distance from each other.

So, if you want to know more – just email or give us a call…

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