Esther Evans, of Wace Morgan Solicitors, one of the county’s largest law firms, explained that the government initiative meant that vouchers were now available to help separated families.
“The government is investing £1 million in family mediation to support people to settle issues relating to children following parental separation,” said Esther, who has worked as a qualified family mediator with Shrewsbury-based Wace Morgan for nine years.
Under the scheme, the Ministry of Justice will provide contributions of up to £500 per family, with mediation being provided by Family Mediation Council Accredited mediators, such as Esther.
The fund will reduce the costs of mediation for at least 2,000 families.
“I very much welcome this new scheme which will be of real help to parents who wish to agree arrangements for their children in a conciliatory way for the benefit of the whole family.
“It will help separated families agree solutions that are best for their children, taking into account what is going to be important for them as they grow up.”
Family mediation is a process in which 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.