Government to Fund Mandatory Mediation

As of March 2023 the Government is to fund Mandatory Mediation for separating couples

A huge change in family justice will see mediation become mandatory for all low level family court cases (excluding those with a history of domestic violence)This could potentially help thousands of separating families resolve their problems away from court,

The aim is to lessen the impact of adverse court proceedings on the mental health of children.

To further support the move, the government will extend the Family Mediation Voucher Scheme until March 2025. The voucher scheme provides vouchers worth up to £500 in helping to resolve disputes through the mediation process.

Plans to protect Children under new mediation reforms

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New mediation reforms to protect children

Separation and divorce cause the dividing of property, belongings and parental responsibility.  These scenarios can invariably lead to disputes in court. Because of the financial instability and the loss of the family unity, what children are experiencing or need iis often overlooked.

Exposure to these experiences lead to higher rates of anxiety, depression, and anti-social behaviour.  These emotions and behaviours can have a detrimental impact on a child’s schoolwork, their academic achievements, and their general mental health.

Manchester Family Mediation Solutions are a team of accredited Family Mediators, who are qualified and experienced in providing a safe and neutral environment.  We aim to enable calm discussions, to assist in resolving matters as quickly and as fairly as possible. The outcome of the process is to reach the best mutually agreeable outcome – particularly for the children .

The aim of the new mediation reforms, is to ensure separating couples do so amicably by embarking on mediation and hopefully avoid court all together.

For further reading Plans to Protect Children Under New Mediation Reforms


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Advantages of Family Mediation

Advantages of Family Mediation are;

The process is flexible, confidential and informal to assist with personal circumstances.

Helping to preserve relationships, as the process aims to encourage communication and assist in a mutually agreeable outcome.

Considering the children and their mental well being.