You can use mediation covered by legal aid to manage any dispute following a family breakdown which may end up in court. You can sort out childcare arrangements or get assistance if those have broken down and you are not seeing your children. You can also use mediation to sort out financial arrangements after separation or divorce.
If you do not qualify for legal aid yourself, but the other person does, the cost of your initial assessment meeting (MIAM) will also be FREE for you, as will your first joint mediation session with the other person. Beyond that, you would have to pay our usual private fees (see 'Costs' in the menu above).
Mediators are not able to give legal advice, but it can be helpful to get legal advice from a solicitor as part of the mediation process. If you are eligible for legal aid for mediation, and you have started mediating with one another, the Legal Agency will pay for you to get some legal advice in support of mediation from a solicitor who offers legal aid.
You may be eligible for a voucher under the current government voucher scheme if you are looking at issues regarding a child or family financial matters which also involve matters relating to a child. We are signed up to the voucher scheme and have already helped lots of families to use their voucher of up to £500 towards the costs of mediation.
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 Nottingham in conjunction with Children 1st Mediation.
The Bay Centre 21 Trent Boulevard Lady Bay West Bridgford NG2 5BB
The Magnolia Centre 354 Mansfield Road Nottingham NG5 2EF