Family Mediation Voucher Scheme
Mediation@SRB are participating in the Ministry of Justice Children Mediation Voucher Scheme of £500 per family.
The Ministry of Justice is investing £1m in a family mediation voucher scheme to support families who could benefit from help through family mediation and to offset the impact of Covid 19 in the family courts. The MoJ has developed a mediation voucher scheme, whereby a contribution of up to £500 per family to the mediation costs of a child arrangements case will be offered, and encouraging people to seek to resolve their disputes outside of court where appropriate to do so.
The mediation voucher will not cover the cost of a Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAM) or paperwork. The financial contribution can only contribute towards the cost of children mediation itself.
At a MIAM, we will provide information about the Family Mediation Voucher Scheme. This will include information about:
1. The value of the voucher, currently £500 per family.
2. Whether the case is eligible for the scheme.
3. If a client or clients are eligible for legal aid. Stone Rowe Brewer LLP do not offer Legal Aid however you can check your eligibility here: https://www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid and proceed with Mediation with a Legal Aid Mediator.
4. Eligibility for scheme: eligibility for the Mediation Voucher Scheme is not based on an individual’s income, however, mediation vouchers will be restricted to cases where there is a private law dispute/application regarding a child, for example for a child arrangements order or specific issues order, whether or not there is an associated Financial Remedy dispute.
5. The scheme will run until the funds are spent.
6. On every application for a voucher, the Mediator will need to contact the Family Mediation Council, who are administering the scheme, before commencement of Mediation to check the availability of vouchers. The FMC aim to respond to voucher requests within 7 days.
7. Consent from the clients is required for the mediator accessing the voucher on the clients’ behalf. Clients will also be asked to complete a short optional equality monitoring form.
8. Mediators will be required to complete a form to allow the FMC & MoJ to gather data which will allow for assessment of the scheme.