To see if you can get legal aid for family mediation, follow these steps.
The mediator will complete a form called a CIVMEANS7 at your initial MIAM meeting. You then sign and date it. That’s because this helps us calculate your income and outgoings. You need to provide documents confirming your income either at or before your meeting, copies are attached to the form.
As a guide, you may be eligible if:
- Receive Income Support, Universal Credit, income based JSA, incomebased ESA, Pension Guarantee Credit
- Live on your own and your household income is less than £1,000 per calendar month.
- Have a household income less than £1,400 per calendar month, and you live with a partner and/or dependent children
We usually require pre-payment for all our meetings. For more about fees use this link.
Once your Legal Aid assessment is complete, and you are confirmed as eligible we will refund your fee.
In most cases this is the full amount you paid prior to your assessment.
We make no up-front charges if you receive one of the income-based benefits set out above. Simply send the income evidence required for your assessment to FREEPOST, NATIONAL FAMILY MEDIATION or email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you currently have a partner and you live together, we will need information about their income too.