Legal Aid for Mediation - National Family Mediation

Legal Aid for Mediation

Legal Aid is provided by the government to cover the cost of our family mediation service for families in dispute.

Legal aid is available for family mediation cases that help families agree arrangements where:

  • You’re getting divorced or separating, and therefore need to sort out financial arrangements, and where you are both going to live
  • Child arrangements have broken down, and so you are not seeing your children, or arrangements aren’t working very well
  • Any dispute following family breakdown that may end up in court.

You can find more information in our legal aid FAQs here.

Legal Aid for mediation is means-tested, so you have to provide evidence of your current financial circumstances to prove you’re entitled to receive it.

If you are eligible, Legal Aid for mediation will cover all your individual mediation costs. It will also cover costs of the initial appointment and first mediation meeting for the other person, if they’re not eligible in their own right.

Eligibility for Legal Aid also enables you to get legal aid for legal costs, up to a cost limit.

You may be eligible for legal aid for mediation if you are on a low income or not working, including if your financial circumstances have changed because of Covid19. We can help you start the assessment process before you book an appointment.

If you are ready to book an appointment you can go straight to our online booking page.

Call our mediation team on 0300 400 0636, or email

At your initial family mediation appointment (the MIAM) you can ask about legal aid for mediation.