Training and Studying
Separation is a time of dramatic change, which often triggers a whole life review. This can result in one or both separating partners deciding to retrain. It is important when making decisions about your separate futures that you understand how student finance works and how it will work alongside other benefits. This is a complicated area that depends on whether courses are full or part time, what people are studying, what benefits people are receiving and their living situations. Guidance is available on the internet if you visit www.gov.uk/student-finance (and there is an extra help section) or alternatively you can visit your local Citizens Advice Bureau.
Your mediator will help you think through how training or studying will impact on your financial and support needs over a period of time and help you plan how to make ends meet whilst you’re working towards a brighter future.
National Family Mediation (NFM) is a network of professional family mediation providers based in England and Wales that work with families affected by relational breakdown. All providers aim to help clients achieve an outcome that works best for them and their family.
National Family Mediation (NFM) services charge £25-£100 for a MIAM, depending on geographical locality, which may include the fee for the completed FM1 form. Meetings usually last for 45 minutes – 1 hour. This includes the means assessment to check whether you will be eligible for Legal Aid, determining whether your mediation will be free or not. Mediation sessions which follow the initial MIAM are charged at a sliding scale according to income, but start at around £80 per session, and usually last up to 1½ hours.
If you would like to get more information about mediation and/or make an appointment you can contact NFM direct on 0300 4000 636 or you can contact a NFM family mediation provider in your area.
All services also take referrals from Solicitors, the court or other helping / support agencies.