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Legal aid + family mediation
If you’re on a low income or you’re receiving means-tested benefits, the good news is that legal aid may still be available to you for family mediation.
If you’re eligible, your mediation fees will be paid directly by the Legal Aid Agency. You’ll also be able to access a limited amount of free legal advice during the mediation process.
Furthermore, anything you gain as a result of using legal aid for family mediation – such as assets or property – won’t be subject to the statutory charge. This means that you won’t need to repay your mediation costs at a later date.
If only one of you is eligible for legal aid, the other person will receive their initial meeting (or MIAM) and first mediation session for free. However they’ll need to pay privately for further mediation sessions or the preparation of any documents setting out what has been agreed.
Check your eligibility for legal aid funding
To check whether you’re eligible for legal aid, speak to us. We’ll assess you and let you know whether you’re entitled to legal aid-funded mediation services.
You can also get guidance on whether or not you’re eligible by using the Ministry of Justice’s legal aid checker. This asks you questions regarding your financial situation to assess the likelihood of you being eligible.
If we find that you’re not eligible, we’ll talk you through your options and can let you know the likely costs of using our family mediation services.
Our family mediators in Bristol provide private and publically-funded mediation services from any of our offices.
For an informal chat about the cost of mediation, its benefits and how it can help you, call us on 0117 325 2929 or complete our online contact form.