The term "family" mediator means that an individual has been trained in specialist techniques designed to help the resolution of disputes within the family environment, and in particular in divorce proceedings. Family mediation techniques differ from commercial or community mediation techniques. Some mediators have been trained in those areas as well, in which case their names will appear in each relevant category.
Legal Aid is available for family mediation, and if you are eligible it is free of charge.
To be eligible you need to either receive:
- income support, or
- income-based job seeker's allowance.
It may also be available if:
- the combined capital of you and your partner is less than £8000
- AND your combined gross income is less than £2288 per calendar month
- AND the following calculation produces a figure of £707 per month or less:
Add your gross income pcm and your partner's gross income pcm
(the total should be less than £2288)
Income Tax pcm
National Insurance pcm
Allowance for partner £135.14
Allowance for each dependent child £167.29
Work related expenses for those receiving a wage or salary £45
Maintenance that you pay pcm (including household bills or mortgage)
Housing costs pcm (rent or mortgage): housing cap it you have no dependents £545
Child minding costs pcm where your partner is not available to look after your child.
If the figure is less than £707 you may be eligible for Legal Aid.
Please ask one of the family mediators named below if you would like to investigate Legal Aid further.
Click on the names below to view details of individual mediators