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Law firm takes part in £500 mediation voucher scheme

A Suffolk law firm is taking part in a new scheme where separated parents can apply for a £500 voucher towards the cost of mediation to resolve children disputes.

Prettys Solicitors, based in Ipswich, is proud to be participating in the Mediation Voucher Scheme, announced last week by the Ministry of Justice in conjunction with the Family Mediation Council.

Victoria Mayhew, who leads the firm’s mediation practice, is one of only a handful of accredited mediators in East Anglia.

Victoria Mayhew at Prettys solicitors
Victoria Mayhew

She said: “This is a welcome opportunity to encourage more people to think about the benefits of mediation.”

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To be eligible, a couple must have first each undertake a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) to ensure they are suitable to proceed.  Their mediator can then apply for the £500 voucher towards the cost of the process on their behalf.

The promotion by the MOJ is designed to encourage more couples, particularly co-parents, to think about resolving issues outside court.

During the pandemic, the court system has become increasingly busy and as a result it can take many months to resolve children disputes through court process.  Mediation encourages dialogue, compromise and resolution in a much shorter timeframe and at significantly less cost.

Prettys’ Family Team is unique in that all of its solicitors are dual-qualified as mediators. 

Mrs Mayhew said: “Within the court process, decisions are made for you and may not be convenient or practical in the long-term. 

“Mediation offers a much greater sense of control and allows creative solutions between co-parents with the children’s best interests as the focal point.”

For more information or to explore eligibility for the voucher scheme, contact Victoria Mayhew, 01473 232121, vmayhew@prettys.co.uk

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