Family Mediation Cymru has a contract with the Legal Aid Agency to provide legally aided mediation. At the initial appointment, the mediator will complete a legal aid assessment with you. If you qualify for legal aid, mediation is completely free to you and we claim our costs back from the Legal Aid Agency. These vary from £112 to £1,514.
Please bring evidence of your income with you when you come to your first appointment. If you do not provide the evidence you cannot claim legal aid and we will have no alternative but to charge you our full fee.
We have a sliding scale for fees which will be discussed with a mediator during the initial meeting and is based upon your income.
Evidence required for Legal Aid assessment
Your mediator will be able to assess your eligibility for funding at your initial meeting, as long as you provide the following:
For All Clients (and cohabiting partner)
· Your National Insurance number
· An estimate of the value of all capital assets, including the value of your home or any other properties
For those who are Employed, either full time or part-time
1. If you are paid monthly: a Payslip issued within the four week period before your meeting with the mediator or
2. If you are paid weekly: four consecutive Payslips, at least three of which fall within the four week period before your meeting with the mediator
For those who are Self-Employed
A copy of your last Tax Return plus a copy of the Accounts submitted with it.
Please note: If you believe your income has significantly changed in comparison with the previous year, you also need to bring an accounts statement for the current year.
For those receiving Income Support or Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
A current letter (dated within the last six months) advising you of your entitlement to this benefit or an amendment to the amount (your appointment card will not be enough).
For those receiving Working Tax Credit and/or Child Tax Credit
The letter informing you of this benefit (which must be no more than six months old) or a bank statement for the four week period before your meeting with the mediator showing the credit to your account
If your monthly housing cost (rent or mortgage payment) is more than one third of your pre-tax monthly income you need to provide evidence of this payment.
If your childcare costs exceed £600 per month, for full-time work, or equivalent for part-time work, we will need you to provide evidence of this.