Legal Aid with Solicitors
Following a shake-up of the system in 2013, Legal Aid is no longer available for family matters through a solicitor, apart from in the following circumstances:
- Where you have evidence of domestic abuse
- Where you have evidence of child abuse
- If Social Services are involved and applying for a care order, supervision order or an emergency child protection order
- If the person applying for Legal Aid is under 18 years
- Family Injunctions
You can do an online search for a solicitor in your area that offers Legal Aid for the above cases.
If you meet the criteria, Legal Aid is available for family mediation through a service holding a Legal Aid Agency contract.
You can complete an online search for a family mediator via the Family Mediation Council website. – make sure you have ticked the box ‘provides mediation funded by legal aid’.
You will be assessed on both capital (how much money/property/savings you have) and income (how much you earn) and, if you meet the legal aid criteria, then mediation will be free to you. It will also mean that the other party will also receive both their MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting) and the first joint mediation meeting for free.
You will need to provide evidence of your capital and income before Legal Aid can be confirmed.