NFM is participating in the government’s voucher scheme for family mediation. It means £500 is being made available for separating families with children, to go towards the cost of using accredited family mediation services.
Family separation always brings a number of expenses, and this contribution towards making vital parenting arrangements through mediation will help reduce these costs – whilst helping families ensure the settlements that are made are in everyone’s interests.
The voucher scheme is open to mediation participants who attended a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) on or after 26 March 2021. The £500 voucher is not useable to pay for the MIAM itself, but for the mediation that follows.
Your mediator will explain full details to you. More information about the scheme is available on the Family Mediation Council website here.
The government’s voucher scheme for family mediation is open to mediation participants who attended a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) on or after 26 March 2021.
£500 is being made available for separating families with children, to go towards the cost of using accredited family mediation services, such as those provided by National Family Mediation. The voucher is cannot be used to pay for the MIAM itself, but for the mediation that follows.
Your mediator will explain full details to you.
This depends on a range of factors, including the income of both parents, and any assets or debts they have.
The gov.uk website provides a child maintenance calculator so you can work out how much child maintenance your child will need
Family mediation is a conversation. It takes place between two people who have been in some form of relationship which is ending.
Family mediation helps them make decisions for the future.
Therefore family mediation focuses on issues affecting them both, for example parenting, property and money.
Family mediation typically involves the couple attending a series of face to face meetings. And the discussions are facilitated by a professional, trained mediator.
Our family mediators know communicating after a separation is tough. So they are skilled at helping people work through issues they have to consider. These include practical, legal, financial and technical things.
And our mediators are skilled at helping when feelings are running high. And at time when co-operation is the last thing somebody expects from their ex.
Family mediation can help any family in the process of divorcing or separating.
For people who are divorcing or separating discussions can include:
- How assets will be divided
- What happens to the family home
- Where and how often the children will spend time with each parent
- Their future schooling and social activities, so that you as parents can put in place a full parenting plan now you have separated
- Support payments to be made
- And how children will keep in touch with their extended family and grandparents.
With the help of a mediator, the agenda can be anything you both agree to discuss and mediate.
It is common that you will have different issues that you consider to be the priority, but the mediator will make sure that everyone has the opportunity to discuss their concerns, and that a fair and proper amount of time is given to each person’s priorities.
In this way you will be able to work through all the issues that are affecting your life now you have separated and find common and agreed solutions to the problems.
It may seem like an impossible task to reach any agreement with your ex, but in mediation we have a very high level of success and mediators are familiar and trained to help you address each issue in turn.
Family mediators help you to focus on the future, so discussions will involve looking for practical actions to be taken to help you achieve settlement.
We understand it is an emotional time for all concerned, but by helping you focus on the future and working towards agreed outcomes we will see you through what seems like an impossible task.
The mediator won’t dwell on past issues. And they won’t try to allocate blame or guilt or pass judgement.
For grandparents, mediation can help restore contact to grandchildren and improve relationships with your ex in laws so that the children can continue to benefit from those cherished relationships.
Children can be involved in family mediation. They can help shape the way their lives pan out after their parents have separated.
As the founders of child-inclusive mediation, we are ideally placed to help you decide if this is suitable.
We will help you assess and decide whether child-inclusive mediation is appropriate for your case.
If both parents agree the children should be involved, then our mediators help ensure this happens.
Our mediators are qualified and experienced in including children in family mediation.
Once you have decided to go ahead with family mediation, contact us.
Then we will quickly begin arranging an appointment for you with one of our expert family mediators.