Did you know that if one party is eligible for legally aided (free) mediation, the other person is also entitled to attend a free information session and a free first mediation session?
It used to be the case that if the party not entitled to legal aid attended mediation first they would be charged for the information session (known as the Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting – a “MIAM”). Fortunately, a new regulation that came into force on 30 May has changed the rules making it much easier for people to get free mediation. It means that even if you aren't eligible, if your former partner is then found to be eligible the first sessions are free for you too.
This will give you the opportunity to start the process and to do your best to resolve matters in the best possible way for the whole family without it costing you anything. Many child cases reach agreement in one or two mediation sessions and property and finance cases in three to four. Mediation is a proven way of helping former couples work together in a cost effective and conciliatory way.
If neither you nor your ex partner are eligible we offer very competitive rates. If you think mediation may be for you, please get in touch so we can tell you more about the process and try to help your family find an agreed way forward: firstname.lastname@example.org