Legal aid could help pay for your family mediation so you do not have to.
We do not offer legal aid mediation. If you or the other party are seeking legal aid mediation: free mediation, then you will need to seek an alternative mediation service. If you are unsure if you would get legal aid then telephone us and ask to speak to a member of the mediation team.
IF YOU WISH TO BE ASSESSED FOR LEGAL AID you will need to discuss this at the outset– AS YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE MEDIATION AS A PRIVATELY PAYING CLIENT. WE WILL NOT REFUND THE COST OF AN ASSESSMENT MEETING AND/ OR MEDIATION APPOINTMENT IF YOU WISH TO THEN SEEK MEDIATION ELSEWHERE BECAUSE EITHER YOU OR THE OTHER PARTY QUALIFY FOR LEGAL AID.
You should be aware if you do not qualify for legal aid and the other party does then you would also be eligible for a free MIAM elsewhere and 1 joint mediation session. Legal aid is means assessed and if you are unsure you can contact us to discuss. Please also note that if you attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) you will be charged for this appointment and it is non-refundable. Therefore, if the other party may be eligible for legal aid and wishes to attend a legal aid mediation service you will need to consider this before attending your MIAM. If one of you qualifies for legal aid at a MIAM the other would not have to pay for their MIAM. In other words, both of you would get the MIAM for free.
The person who does not qualify for legal aid would still have to pay for mediation on a fixed fee basis for each session except for the first joint session only.
Do I qualify for Legal Aid?
You can check online at www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid.