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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. 

Yes. We offer the MIAM by video conference to make life easier, especially given the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. You can do your MIAM without leaving home. Book an appointment using this link.

You may be eligible for legal aid for mediation if you are on a low income or not working, including if your financial circumstances have changed because of Covid19. We can help you start the assessment process before you book an appointment.

Call our mediation team on 0300 400 0636, or email mediation@nfm.org.uk

If you are ready to book an appointment you can go straight to our online booking page.

Legal aid for mediation cases helps families agree on arrangements where:

  • You’re getting divorced and therefore need to sort out financial arrangements
  • Child arrangements have broken down, and so you are not seeing your children
  • Any dispute following a family breakdown may end up in court.

At your initial family mediation appointment (the MIAM) you can ask about legal aid for mediation.

The mediator will discuss what issues need resolving. Some family mediation cases are eligible for but others are not.

You can find more information here

Legal Aid is provided by the government to cover the cost of family mediation services for families in dispute.

It is means-tested. So you have to provide evidence of your current financial circumstances to prove you’re entitled to receive it. 

If you are eligible, Legal Aid will cover all your individual mediation costs. It will also cover costs of the initial appointment and first mediation meeting for the other person, if they’re not eligible in their own right. 

Eligibility for Legal Aid also enables you to get legal aid for legal costs, up to a cost limit.

At your initial family mediation appointment (the MIAM) you can ask about legal aid for mediation.

They mediator will discuss what issues need resolving. Some family mediation cases are eligible for Legal Aid. But others are not. Examples of cases the Legal Aid Agency would consider eligible are: 

  • You are getting divorced and need to sort out money.
  • Child arrangements have broken down and you are not seeing your children.
  • Any dispute following family breakdown that may end up in court.

Family mediation is much quicker, less stressful and usually cheaper than heading to court.

It helps you make long-term settlements on parenting, money and property.

It enables you to keep control of your destiny, instead of handing it over to a court.

It’s an active process, so the decisions are made by the participants, not by a judge.

If you are ready to book a MIAM, please use this link

If you are in dispute with your ex, or are having difficulties settling your separation, you may be thinking about court proceedings, and may have heard you need to attend a MIAM.

MIAM stands for Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting, and is sometimes known as a MIAM meeting, or MIAM programme.

Before an application can be made to court, you are required to attend a MIAM. The aim of a MIAM is to see if mediation could be used to resolve your difficulties, rather than going to court.

The MIAM is a meeting between you and a mediator to find out if there are alternative ways to find solutions to your problems.

In the MIAM the mediator will explain to you:

  • what your options might be.
  • what mediation is, and how it works.
  • the benefits of mediation and other appropriate forms of resolving disputes.
  • the likely costs of using mediation.
  • if you are eligible for free mediation and Legal Aid.

The MIAM can be between the mediator and just you, or with your ex-partner too.

To read more about a MIAM programme use this link

To begin family mediation, the first step is to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM).

This gives you an opportunity to find out what family mediation is about. And it helps you find out if it is suitable for you and your circumstances.

It also lets you consider the issues you will need discuss to achieve divorce or separation before you take part in family mediation. 

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If you and the mediator decide to continue with mediation, you will both organise a further meeting. The mediator will make sure you know what you need to do to achieve a legal separation. The mediator will also help you to gather the information, facilitate the discussions and help you develop options and solutions. 

Mediators cannot give advice or act as a lawyer for either party.  

Mediation is both confidential and “privileged”. 

This means you are free to exchange information and ideas without the constraints of fearing these ideas may be used against you at a later date. 

Because both people are working with the same base of information, it takes far less time to negotiate a resolution that makes sense to you both of them. 

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.  

NFM runs a network of local family mediators working in hundreds of locations right across England and Wales. 

The two people involved do not have to attend the same MIAM. Instead they can attend this meeting in their own locality. 

If full mediation goes ahead our national network will help you agree a location for future sessions. 

If either person decides against mediation, or if mediation breaks down, you or your ex may want make an application to court. Unless there is a valid exemption to mediation, it is a legal requirement that an accredited family mediator signs the appropriate court form/s as evidence that you have considered mediation.

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