If you are on a low income, you may qualify for legally aided mediation.
You automatically qualify for free mediation if your capital is under a certain threshold and you receive:
- Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income-based Employment Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Universal Credit
Check to see if you qualify for legally aided mediation here – https://www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid. Or, if you would prefer a mediator to do the calculation for you, we can do this at your Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM). In this case, you need to bring the following documents with you to your first meeting:
- Your national insurance number
- A bank statement covering the 4 week period up to the meeting
- If you are receiving benefits or tax credits, a current letter (dated within the last 6 months) confirming your entitlement
- If you are employed, proof of your income via payslips covering the 4 week period up to the meeting
- If you are self-employed, your most recent accounts or tax return
- An estimate of the value of all your capital assets, including the value of your home and any other properties.
If only one person qualifies for Legal Aid, that still means that the MIAM and first joint mediation meeting will be free for the other party too. This can be really helpful when money is tight.