Proposed fines for parents refusing mediation
The Ministry of Justice is proposing making it mandatory for separating parents to try mediation as an alternative to court proceedings. If they do not, they may be fined. 27/3/23
These proposals, which are subject to consultation, apply to couples with children who are married or in a civil partnership, the exception being for domestic abuse cases.
Mediation offers an alternative way to reach decisions about the future of your family without needing to go to court which can be costly, time consuming and acrimonious.
The Ministry of Justice are currently running a Family Mediation Voucher Scheme. Under this scheme, separating parents who wish to deal with children matters at mediation will have the first £500 of their mediation costs paid for. This scheme will run until April 2025.
Farnfields Family Mediation offers mediation for children and property and financial matters. We offer face to face mediation sessions at our offices in Gillingham, Shaftesbury and Warminster. We also run mediation sessions in Yeovil, and remotely. We are part of the Family Mediation Voucher Scheme and also offer legal aid mediation for those who are eligible.
For further information about Farnfields Family Mediation, please contact us on 01747 824 209 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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