The government have announced an extra 5.4 million pounds in funding to assist families to resolve their disputes away from court. 

Under the scheme £500 family mediation vouchers are provided to divorcing couples with the aim of helping them resolve their legal issues regarding the children, with the hope that it will free up space in the family courts.

The announcement on 3 June 2022 more than doubles the investment into the initiative since its launch in March last year.  The mediation scheme has been a success with around two thirds of cases reaching full or partial agreements away from court.  The scheme is administered by the Family Mediation Council.

At Scott Bailey LLP, both Ann Herd and Sarah Unsworth are registered to provide mediation under the scheme.  We are here to provide a family mediation service in which we can independently and professionally help a couple work out arrangements for their children and for finances where there is a legal dispute. 

Both Sarah Unsworth and Ann Herd are accredited mediators.  Sarah Unsworth also has trained in direct consultation with children and is a trained hybrid mediator allowing flexibility within the mediation model and managing high conflict family law cases.

If you are interested in pursuing family mediation, please contact our family mediators in Lymington, Hampshire, for a preliminary chat about how the family mediation process works.  

At Scott Bailey, our family solicitors understand the uncertainty facing family clients whether arising out of divorce, or disputes in relation to children. With our highly experienced team of legal advisers you can be confident in the legal advice you receive from some of the best family lawyers in Hampshire.