Mediation covered by legal aid can be used to help you sort out childcare plans or get help if your existing plans have broken down and you're not able to see your children. You can also use our mediation to manage disputes that have arisen after a family breakdown which may end up in court. If you need help sorting out financial arrangements after a separation or divorce, our mediation service can help.
If the other person qualifies for legal aid but you don't, the cost of your MIAM - the initial assessment meeting - will be free for you and the other person. Your first joint mediation session will also be free for you. After that, you will need to pay our usual private fees fees (see 'Costs' in the menu above).
As part of the mediation process, you may find it helpful to get legal advice from a solicitor, since mediators are not able to give legal advice. If you qualify for mediation legal aid and have begun the joint mediation process, the Legal Agency will put you in touch with a solicitor who will offer some legal advice.
If you need resolve issues regarding a child, or family financial issues which also involve matters relating to a child you may qualify for help under the current government voucher scheme. At Kee Mediation we are signed up to this voucher scheme and have helped many families use a voucher of up to £500 towards mediation costs.
Legal aid for a lawyer to represent you at court is now more limited and generally only available if you have experienced domestic abuse or if your child is at risk of abuse. You can find further information about this on the Government's website.
We provide legal aid in Derby in conjunction with Children 1st Mediation.