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Warring couples to get £500 vouchers to help solve disputes without court

Up to 2,000 families facing break-up will be able to use the £800,000 worth of tickets to spend on mediation services to settle arguments over children and property

Ministers want couples to avoid going to court

More warring couples are to get £500 vouchers to help resolve disputes without going to court.

Up to 2,000 families facing break-up will be able to use the £800,000 worth of tickets to spend on mediation services to settle arguments over children and property.

That will avoid clogging up family courts already trying to clear their Covid backlogs.

The Government’s Family Mediation Council says that 75% of couples settle their differences by using their service.

The FMC’s Jane Kerr said: “The mediation voucher scheme has been invaluable at a time when money is tight and finances fraught.

“I have worked with several couples interested in mediation but were not financially able to get started.”

And Courts minister Lord Wolfson QC added: “This additional funding will help lessen the pressure on our family courts as we build back from the pandemic.”









The new money builds on an existing £1million scheme launched five months ago.

It has enabled couples to avoid the trauma of lengthy and costly courtroom battles which can damage children.





Prior to the introduction of vouchers couples had to pay the £500 charge out of their own pockets unless one was on legal aid.

Agreements drawn up at the sessions can be made legally binding through court order.




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