Mediation is a confidential process for separated couples to make arrangements for their children and/or their finances.

Mediation aims to avoid lengthy and expensive court proceedings and allows the opportunity to discuss any issues or arrangements in a neutral and safe environment.

We welcome people whether they have recently separated or have been apart for years. You should feel free to approach us at any stage, for any issue, whether big or small.

 Legal Aid Assessment

Please read the below information very carefully if you would like to apply for Legal Aid to cover the cost of Family Mediation for you.

Any of the following may affect whether you qualify for Legal Aid, and must be disclosed at the beginning of your assessment meeting with a Mediator:

- A property you own

- Savings over £8000

- If you are living with a partner

In order to complete a Legal Aid Assessment the Legal Aid Agency require proof of all income that you receive, please ensure that all income is sent to us by email.

If you receive Universal Credit, Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance or Guarantee Credit please provide

  • A letter confirming what you are in receipt of.
  • A picture or screenshot of this is fine but must show your name, the date you received your last payment and the type of benefit you receive.
  • Unfortunately a bank statement showing the benefit is not able to be accepted.

If you are paid a wage please provide

  • Your most recent wage slip dated within the last month, or your 4 most recent wage slips if paid weekly.
  • 4 weeks bank statement.

If you receive Tax Credits or any other benefits not listed above

  • The most recent letter confirming what you receive.
  • 4 weeks bank statement.

If you are self-employed please provide

  • Proof of your income over the last 4 weeks.
  • Your last year’s tax return.
  • 12 months bank statement directly prior to your appointment.
  • If possible, a letter from your accountant confirming your income for the last year.

Please note additional evidence of income may be required.

If the other party to Mediation qualifies for Legal Aid, this will cover the cost of your Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) and will also cover the cost of the 1st joint session of Mediation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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