Separated {couples} to obtain £ 500 vouchers to stop custody disputes from going to court docket

WARRING parents are given cash to prevent them from taking their bitter custody battles to court.

Couples divorced are given £ 500 vouchers to spend on mediation to keep them from dragging their children through stressful legal battles.


Separate couples receive mediation vouchers to avoid custody disputesCredit: Alamy

The Justice Department, which launches the program, said 70 percent of couples using the service have settled their disputes out of court.

Court Secretary Lord Wolfson QC said: “Mediation is often a faster, cheaper, and less stressful way of resolving disputes that helps separate couples without going through unnecessary and often violent legal proceedings to reach friendly agreements.

“Our new system will bring the benefits of these services to even more families – it will save them the stress of lengthy litigation while helping to ease the pressure on our family courts as we recover from the pandemic.”

The ministers are raising £ 1 million to give the vouchers to 2,000 families and help them with placement costs.

They hope the system will help ease pressure on England’s creaky family courts, which have a massive backlog of cases due to Covid lockdowns.

As part of the program, couples will discuss their problems with a trained mediator who will help them get a custody agreement rather than leaving it to a judge.



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John Taylor, Chair of the Family Mediation Council, said, “It will help separated families find solutions that are best for their children, taking into account what will be important to them as adults.

“Family mediation is a proven, cost-effective way to resolve differences after a breakup.

“This voucher program will make it even more accessible and help families solve problems for themselves without going to court.”

Court Secretary Lord Wolfson QC says mediation is cheaper and less stressful


Court Secretary Lord Wolfson QC says mediation is cheaper and less stressfulImage Credit: Crown Copyright
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