Family Mediation Voucher Scheme

We at Able Mediation are authorised by the Family Mediation Council (FMC) to take part in the Family Mediation Voucher Scheme.

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    What Is The Family Mediation Voucher Scheme?

    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 Government has set up the scheme in response to Covid-19 to support recovery in the family court and to encourage more people to consider mediation as a means of resolving their disputes, where appropriate. To support this, a financial contribution of up to £500 towards the costs of mediation will be provided.

    How Do I Apply For A Mediation Voucher?

    At your Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM), the mediator will discuss the voucher scheme with you if your case might be eligible. You will be offered a ‘voucher’ contribution, subject to suitability, case type, and availability of the vouchers.

    Can The Mediation Voucher Be Used To Pay For A MIAM?

    No, the use of the mediation voucher is restricted to assisting with funding of mediation sessions only. You will have to pay for your MIAM first.

    How Do I Know If I Am Eligible For A Mediation Voucher?

    On attendance of a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM), a trained mediator will assess the issues which you seek to resolve to see if they are suitable for mediation and meet the eligibility requirements for the voucher scheme.

    Not all cases are eligible under the scheme. The case types specified below are eligible for a mediation voucher:

    • a dispute/application regarding a child
    • a dispute/application regarding family financial matters where you are also involved in a dispute/application relating to a child

    It is important to remember that mediation is only an option when both people agree to take part in it, so you and the other person will need to agree to mediate.

    How Will I Receive The Voucher?

    If you decide to proceed with mediation, and are eligible for the voucher, your mediator will apply for the voucher funding and it will be paid directly to them once all mediation sessions are concluded. You will not receive a physical voucher and you will not need to make an application for it.Vouchers are limited in number and will be offered to eligible parties until they are no longer available. Your mediator will let you know if there are vouchers available.

    How Many Vouchers Will I Receive?

    You can only claim once per family/ case for a one-off contribution of up to £500 towards your mediation costs.

    If you have an application or dispute relating to a child and also have a financial issue application or dispute ongoing at the same time, you can still only receive up to £500.

    If you make a second application and have already received a voucher, you will not be offered a second voucher under this scheme.

    Will The Voucher Cover All My Mediation Costs?

    The voucher is intended to be a contribution towards mediation sessions.
    Your first mediation session, the Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM) is not included in the voucher scheme, and costs £120. Your child inclusive mediation session with us is free. And the voucher scheme does not include the cost of an outcome statement, which costs £100.

    The final cost will depend on how many mediation sessions are required.

    If you only need 2 mediation sessions with us (£360 per person) your voucher will cover £250 per person, so you will only have to pay £110 for the sessions.

    The total cost would then come up to £330 per person.

    Family Mediation Voucher Scheme

    Cost Estimate
    2 sessions of 90 minutes + one child inclusive session
    £ 330 per person
    • assessment meeting (£120)
    • plus 2 sessions (£110 with the voucher)
    • child inclusive session (free)
    • plus an outcome statement, if needed (£100)

    Is The Mediation Voucher Available For Financial Remedy Issues?

    If your issues solely relate to a financial remedy dispute/application you will not be able to obtain a voucher. However, if your issues relate to a child and to a financial remedy issue you can obtain a voucher, subject to availability.

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