Mediation is a way of trying to help couples reach an agreement in relation to issues such as financial matters arising out of separation, property and children. The Government launched a scheme in March 2021 to assist couples with the costs of mediation without a legal aid means test and this has now been extended. Couples can obtain a voucher worth up to £500.
The family mediation voucher scheme is a time limited scheme designed to support parties who may be able to resolve their family law disputes outside of Court. The family Courts are encouraging people to consider mediation as a means of resolving matters where appropriate and to support this a financial contribution of up to £500 will be provided if you are eligible.
It is important to note that mediation is only an option if both couples are prepared to attend. To check eligibility please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/family-mediation-voucher-scheme