Legal Aid is provided by the government to cover the cost of family mediation. This page will hopefully help you to determine whether you are likely to be eligible for legally aided family mediation and also explains the legal aid process.

It is available for family mediation cases that help families agree arrangements including:

  • Assets & Finances – Finances & property upon separation or divorce, savings, debts, investments and pensions.
  • Child Arrangements – including living arrangements, schooling, education, holidays, special occasions, passports, parental responsibility, and change of name.
  • Other items that may not be discussed in court – such as costs outside of child maintenance, and boundaries with new partners.

What legal aid funding covers

If you are eligible for legal aid family mediation it will cover the cost of the mediation sessions and associated documents drafted within the mediation process such as parenting plans, and financial documents such as open statement of financial information and memorandum of understanding.

The one to one meeting known as a MIAM which takes place before mediation is also funded.

If your ex partner is eligible for legal aid and you are not you will get your MIAM session and your first joint session free. If required they would need to fund any subsequent mediation sessions and associated paperwork.

Legal Aid for family mediation is means-tested, and you will have to provide evidence of your current finances.

Eligibility for Legal Aid

Understanding whether you are eligible can be confusing, and the guidance isn’t always clear. Here at Access Mediation Services we have made this process simple. Please call to speak to our helpful support team or book a free consultation.

Once we have completed a basic assessment if appropriate we would transfer you to our legal aid assessment team. If you are successful the assessment team will apply for legal aid on your behalf.

Our legal aid assessors can normally confirm very quickly whether you are eligible for legal aid for our free mediation service.

Legal aid is means tested. To be eligible for legally aided family mediation, you have to pass both a capital “test” and an income “test”.

Eligibility is based on a number of factors including:

  • Any property that you own either yourself or jointly with someone
  • Any savings, investments or valuable items you have
  • Your total income, whether it’s salary, wages, dividends, benefits, maintenance
  • Your housing costs
  • Any benefits you receive, for example Universal Credit
  • The number of dependent children who live with you
  • Any childcare costs or maintenance you’re paying

Access Mediation Services works with its family mediation legal aid partner to ensure you can receive legal aid for your family mediation.

Did you know if you are not eligible for legal aid or even if you are there might still be a £500 voucher that can be used to support funding your family mediation. To read more information about the voucher scheme please click here.

If you would like to find out if you are eligible for legally aided family mediation book a free consultation or call us on xxxxx.

You will be required to provide evidence during the legal aid assessment to help determine whether you are eligible or not. Some of these items include:

  • Any benefit statements
  • Bank statements
  • Payslips
  • Self-employed accounts and tax return

It might be useful for you to read some of our frequently asked questions to gain more information about legal aid.

Legal Aid Frequently Asked Questions

‘’Do I need to repay my legal aid?’’

No, you will not have to pay back any Legal Aid, providing that you attend mediation. This also means that you won’t have to pay anything back out of any financial settlement that you get, regardless of how much money you receive following a mediated agreement.

‘’What happens if I’m not eligible for legal aid?’’

If you are not eligible for legal aid you still might be eligible for the mediation voucher scheme as we are a part of the scheme which can provide up to £500 towards cases that involve child arrangements. Please book a free consultation. Additionally, Access Mediation Services does provide discretionary discounts on its low income scheme. This is a unique offering by Access Mediation Services so if you are not eligible for legal aid we can still assess whether you are eligible for additional support with costs.

‘’What are the benefits of using Access Mediation Services family mediation?’’

Access Mediation Services has a high success rate in:

  • Supporting clients in coming to mediated agreements
  • Ensuring clients have thorough agreements
  • Reducing potential legal costs
  • Avoiding litigation and stressful court proceedings
  • Having some of the quickest turnaround times in the business
  • Working with an award winning service
  • Working with experts
  • Exceeding the required expectation of regulation.