The scheme will be extended to March 2023

The government has announced an extra £5.38m in funding for its mediation scheme; the total invested in the scheme since its launch in March 2021 is £8.68m.

Under the scheme – run by the Family Mediation Council (FMC) on behalf of the Ministry of Justice – £500 mediation vouchers are provided to divorcing couples. The aim is to help them find mutually agreeable solutions to avoid lengthy and acrimonious disputes and free up space in the family courts.

The latest cash injection will provide around 10,200 additional vouchers for mediation services in addition to the 8,400 issued so far.

The scheme has been successful, with around two-thirds of cases reaching full or partial agreements away fr...

Suzanne Townley
News Editor
Solicitors Journal

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