New funding will help local families facing divorce or separation

The Government recently announced an additional £800,000 to fund family mediation for families resolving issues relating to children.

Under the scheme, the Ministry of Justice will provide contributions of up to £500 per family, to resolve issues relating to children following parental separation. Mediation will be provided by Family Mediation Council Accredited (FMCA) mediators and the fund will reduce the costs of mediation for at least 2000 families.

Family mediation is a proven cost-effective way to resolve differences following separation; an independent, professionally trained mediator helps parents work out arrangements for children and finances following separation. Mediation can also be helpful when previous child arrangements need to change, particularly as children grow up.

We welcome this announcement, which will help local separated families agree solutions that are best for their children and avoids both parties having to go to court.

For more information, please contact our FMCA accredited family mediators Alexis Walker (Huddersfield) or Penny Manock (Halifax).

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