We offer legal aid in conjunction with Children 1st Mediation, Unit 3, 21 Phoenix St, Stonehouse, Plymouth PL1 3DN.
You can use our legal aid mediation service to deal with disputes as a result of a family breakdown which may have ended in court; legal aid mediation can also be used to help you manage childcare plans or help if your current plans have broken down and you are not able to see your children at present. Our mediation service will help if you need support with financial arrangements after a 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.
The legal aid we provide is in conjunction with Children 1st Mediation.
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