Mediation Explained

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Although cuts to family legal aid came into effect on 1st April and have significantly affected access to funding in family cases it is not true that it isn’t available at all.Although, it has been dramatically limited, there are some areas where people may still be entitled to legal aid and one of these is mediation.  It’s important to consult with a solicitor to see what options may be available for you.

Mediation is a constructive approach to resolving family disputes that does not involve courts; it involves the divorcing/separating parties to meet with a neutral third party family solicitor who will help both sides to talk things through and assist them in coming to an agreement. Certain Agreements can then be made legally binding.

Legal aid for mediation is means tested. If you are eligible for Legally Aided mediation and the other party engages in the process, you are also entitled to a limited amount of independent legal advice, funded through legal aid.

The benefit of mediation is that it assists divorcing/separating couples to go there own way whilst keeping things as amicable as possible. This is particularly important when children may be involved and there has to be a relationship for their sake going forward.

The process of mediation is carried out in private and is confidential.

Rubina Vohra

About Rubina Vohra

Rubina Vohra is a solicitor within the Family department at Forbes Solicitors. Rubina’s blogs cover her specialisms of all aspects of marriage breakups and separation with a heavier slant towards divorce, children and finances. Rubina also writes about changes in the law and report on topical/current high profile cases.
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