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Legal Aid Mediation Costs

In resolving family disputes and issues, one of the primary considerations both parties involved is to take into account the financial restraints charged by legal fees

Mediation Bristol has increasingly become the best low-cost alternative to the court system, but it still has financial considerations, and this is where the legal aid comes in.

Legal aid is an initiative backed by the government that offers financial support to help to mediate parties to cover family costs mediation. 

In some cases, if the party or both parties qualify, the legal aid mediation cost is completely free.

Legal is available for family mediation where a party or both parties with low income or with low benefits to receive.

This means that most of the local mediator will be paid for by the organisation and you’re able to get free legal advice while you’re in mediation. If just one party is qualified for legal aid, the cost for the initial mediation session for that party will be paid for them.

National family mediators will assess if individuals are eligible for legal aid if you requested for it at the first session.

Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting are the best way to assess your current situation!

You may be considered to qualify for legal aid if you before tax income meets the criteria set by the legal aid organisation.

Your savings, capital, and value of your property will be taken into account. All financial information you provide to your local mediator must be backed with updated proof.

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When you arrive at your initial session with your mediator also known as mediation Bristol information and assessment meeting, you must bring with you the following.

  • You proof of income with payslips that cover four week period, if you’re employed
  • Your national insurance number
  • Your bank statement that covers four week period before the mediation session
  • Estimate value of your assets and liabilities include your home, your car, and other properties
  • If you are the recipient of tax credits, and up to date letter, the confirms your entitlement

If you file for legal aid application to the court due to family matters concerning finances of children, you can only qualify for legal aid if you demonstrate that you are at risk or have been a victim of domestic violence, or the child subject of the dispute is at risk of domestic violence. Since allegations alone are not sufficient proof, you must provide solid evidence that you meet the criteria to qualify for legal aid. Private mediation fees

To qualify for free legal aid mediation cost

To qualify for free legal aid mediation cost , your mediator will assess your capital and income. In assessing your capital, the mediator will apply the standards in regards to mortgage and equity. If your remaining capital meets the criteria, you are qualified for free legal aid mediation cost.

As for your income, it will be assessed by taking into account NI and tax payments, mortgage payments, childcare and maintenance payments, and standard allowances of dependants in your custody. If the remaining amount meets the criteria, you’re eligible.

For you to take advantage of legal aid, you must qualify on both income and capital grounds. Once you applied for free legal aid mediation cost, you mediator may sign a form that gives you eligibility for legal aid.

However, it may not be possible during the first session to confirm whether you qualified for legal aid or not, especially if further proof is needed. You will be charged for the costs mediation and will be reimbursed once your eligibility is approved.

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Both attend a joint mediation or a shuttle mediation Bristol appointment after you have both had an initial meeting with the mediator (called a MIAM). You are in the same room for a joint mediation appointment about child arrangement; you are in different rooms for a shuttle meeting. You can also mediate online from any location on the planet. You can even request shuttle mediation online if you are not on the same screen as the other party.

Couples and the mediator will agree on the format of this meeting. Typically, parents adhere to one of two formats:

1. Make a list of the topics you want to cover.

2. To adhere to a structured parenting plan about child arrangement. The mediator will walk you through our standard parenting plans, which can be supplemented as necessary.

The goal of mediation is to discuss your options about child arrangement and agree on what should be included in the parenting plan.


The child arrangement plan is adaptable to cover anything you want as a parent.

About the child arrangement plan must work for both parents; otherwise, both parents have little incentive to agree to or faithfully implement the plan.

A structured parenting plan Bristol will begin with you outlining your goals and aspirations before delving into the specifics.

Consider a calendar year and all of the events in which your children are involved. That is, in general, what you should include in your parenting plan.

Everything from where your children will sleep each night of the week to how you will organise parent-teacher conferences at school. From what you want to happen on children’s birthdays to how you communicate about children. From health concerns to vacation plans and international travel, we’ve got you covered.

About the last point, are you aware that anyone with parental responsibility must be asked for permission before a child can be taken out of the country?


You will be asked if you want to use CIM in a structured parenting plan. In broad strokes:

1. It is suggested that children over the age of ten be informed that they have the right to have their wishes and feelings heard during this process.

2. Both parents must concur

3. A CIM-qualified mediator will write to the children and invite them to mediation.

4. It is entirely voluntary for the children; they are not required to participate.

5. It is private for the children; they agree on what information is given to their parents.

6. Parents use feedback to incorporate their children’s wishes and feelings into their parenting plans and structures.

7. At no point will a child be asked to make a choice or a decision – choices and decisions by their child’s wishes.

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