Financial Penalties for Failing to Mediate

The Justice Secretary Dominic Raab has announced plans to introduce fines to couples who bring unnecessary claims to court.

Whilst we are without details of how these plans would work in practice, it is understood that it is the government’s aim to make mediation the default option in family proceedings, to help clear the current court back log and dissuade claims motivated by personal revenge, that could otherwise be dealt with outside of the court arena.

At bbl family law, we encourage the use of mediation as a constructive tool to help couples communicate and understand each other’s views, enabling cases to be approached in a practical way, considering the needs of the family as a whole and not just the couple themselves.

To encourage mediation in cases involving a child, the government has recently expanded its mediation voucher scheme which currently offers up to £500 to eligible applicants towards the cost of mediation.

If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact the mediation team on 01603 679050.