During our Connect 23 event family mediator, Ursula Little, outlined the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on low-income families and the challenge of meeting their increasingly complex needs within legal aid rates that have stagnated for twenty years.
To continue providing this valuable service to the community, to the high standard expected by clients and demanded by the family mediation team, leaves Calm Mediation and other providers with a binary choice. Close the service or subsidise the shortfall. Calm is committed to its family mediation service and is leading the way with other mediation providers in campaigning for legal aid reform to ensure the long-term survival of the service. Family mediation saves tax-payers millions of pounds each year by diverting costs away from the family court system. Even if you ignore the positive outcomes achieved for families and children, the economic case for better legal aid funding for family mediation should make it a treasury no-brainer. Jeremy Hunt and Rachel Reeves take note!
Our Family Mediation service works in two areas:
If you are divorcing, separating or already separated, as well as grandparents and other family members seeking involvement in child arrangements. Start here>
If your conflict is not a result of separation, we support people (adult siblings, parents, children, in-laws, grandparents) to find a way through all kinds of other family conflict situations, including inter generational. Start here>