Victoria Syvret has been one of the few mediators in Wirral who has been able to offer free Mediation for eligible people under Legal Aid.
From 3rd November the Government has announced that the initial Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) will now be free for both parties even if only one of them is financially eligible for Legal Aid.
This welcome change will allow more people to access Mediation services for their family issues as the government will fund the second person to meet with the Mediator under their Legal Aid contract.
This is especially important as from April 2014 any person wishing to make a Court application relating to a child or financial matters must have been for an initial MIAM meeting with an accredited mediator to find out about Mediation services.
Victoria Syvret comments
â€œThe breakdown of a relationship can often be painful. Many of us find it difficult to discuss emotive issues such as arrangements for our children or financial concerns. Family Mediation is a positive way to resolve issues arising from relationship breakdown by utilising the skills of a trained third party to help guide you through. I am already a strong believer in the benefits of mediation and I have been able to help many separated couples create arrangements that work for their families. When considering what action to take, cost is often an issue, but now with the benefit of being able to offer free MIAMs meetings to more people, I hope to be able to reach many more broken down families to discuss Mediation as an option to resolve their issues.â€
Family Mediation is a positive way to resolve issues arising from relationship breakdown. The kind of issues you might need to discuss includes:
- looking after your children
- what will happen to your home
- sharing your money and other assets
- financial support
Mediation allows you to keep control of the decisions affecting your family and can achieve the most amicable way of settling a dispute following a family breakdown.