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Family mediation scheme boosted with an addition £1.3 million

On 16 January 2022 the Ministry of Justice announced a boost to the landmark family mediation scheme with an additional £1.3 million. This funding triples the investment into the scheme, ran by the Family Medication Council.

The purpose of the scheme, set up by the Ministry of Justice, is to reduce the number of family disputes ending up in the family courts. Since the start of the scheme, 4400 vouchers worth £500 have been provided to families to help pay for mediation services. The scheme boasts a 77 percent rate of cases to date reaching full or partial agreements without resorting to court intervention.

Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Dominic Raab said:

"I want to see children and their parents spared the stress and conflict of the courtroom as much as possible, and I'm delighted that thousands more will now have the opportunity to resolve their disputes in less combative way.

At the same time, it will free up vital capacity in the family courts to ensure the system can recover quickly from the pandemic."

For more information about the government family mediation scheme click here.

Julia Queen, Barrister, Coram Chambers