MyMediation has a franchise with the Legal Aid Agency to offer family mediation for those who qualify for Legal Aid. This means that your fees will be paid for you and you will be able to access free legal advice whilst you are in mediation (Legal Help). If only one party is eligible for Legal Aid, the fees will be covered by the Legal Aid Agency for the other party as well, both for the initial information and assessment meeting and the first full mediation session.
Please try our Family Mediation Legal Aid Eligibility Assessment Calculator to see if you could be entitled to Legal Aid.
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If you think you may be eligible for Legal Aid you will need to bring the following documents, where relevant, to the initial information and assessment meeting:
If you are in receipt of Income Support, Income based JSA or ESA please bring proof in the form of your most recent benefits letter (must be less than 6 months old) and/or bank statements where name and type of benefit is specified on the statement.
Otherwise, eligibility will be assessed based on the following evidence (where relevant):
- If paid four weekly or monthly, your last payslip. If paid weekly, your last five payslips.
- If you are self employed, the last two years of your business accounts and your most recent self assessment tax return form.
- Contributions based JSA or ESA - proof in the form of your most recent benefits letter (must be less than six months old).
- Most recent full tax credit award notification providing details of working and child tax credits.
- Bank statements for all accounts for the last 5 weeks.
- Details of new partner’s income, if you are living together as a couple.
- Details of mortgage or rent payments.
- Details of any child care costs with evidence of payments made.
- Details of any child maintenance paid to your former partner, with evidence in the form of CSA/CMS letter and/or bank statements showing monies paid.