Legal aid: family mediation
Find specific information and funding guidance so you can run your mediation service according to Legal Aid Agency (LAA) contracts.
Mediation for family cases
As family mediators, you’re trained to help separating couples reach money, property and childcare agreements without going to court.
Clients may qualify for legal aid to help with mediation costs should a dispute arise from a family relationship.
Clients applying to the family court to resolve disputes over children or finances legally need to prove they’ve considered mediation first.
However, if this doesn’t work, your clients can go to the family court to resolve their dispute. But only:
- if they can prove to the judge that they’ve been to a ‘mediation information and assessment meeting’ with a family mediator but the mediation was unsuitable
- if they’re exempt from considering mediation, eg if domestic violence is involved
Family mediation guidance manual: March 2015 (PDF, 425KB, 12 pages)