What is Legal Aid and will I be eligible?
To establish if you are eligible for legal aid for mediation, you can take a look at the Legal Aid Calculator www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid
If you would like us to assess if you are eligible for Legal Aid in your mediation assessment meeting (MIAM), you will need to bring certain documents as evidence along to your assessment meeting. This is really important as we cannot asses you without them. Here is a current checklist of documents you will need to bring.Legal Aid Information of Clients current PDF.pdf – please note that you must bring paper copies, so that we can photocopy your evidence for our records; online or phone records are not sufficient. If you are unable to bring a paper copy, please contact us to arrange sending an email copy prior to your assessment meeting.
If the assessment finds you are not eligible for Legal Aid, or if you are unable to produce the evidence needed to assess you, you will be charged our standard rates.
Norfolk Family Mediation Reduce Fee Rate for Those Below the Living Wage
If your income is less than the Real Living Wage and you are not eligible for legal aid, you coud be eligible for our reduced fees. The mediator will follow the same procedure in assessing the income level as set out under the legal aid process above. If you feel this support is something you feel may be relevant, please raise this when you book the MIAM.
If you qualify for this support the cost of the mediation session for you will reduce from £180 to £120. That's a saving of £60.