Family First has a contract with the Legal Aid Agency, so that if you are on a low income or claiming welfare benefits, you may be entitled to mediation free of charge. Where one party is granted Legal Aid, the other party will benefit by also receiving their MIAM and the first joint session at no cost, even if they themselves are not eligible for Legal Aid.
If you would like to be considered for Legal Aid, our mediators will assess your eligibility during your Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM).
You will be asked to provide bank statements, proof of income, benefits award documents and tenancy agreements where applicable.
With some exceptions, solicitors are no longer able to offer Legal Aid, therefore mediation is now the main source of government funding for resolving family problems.