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Legal aid mediation for families in receipt of universal credits is a voluntary process where an impartial mediator meets with the parties involved to help them understand and resolve their disputes. The mediator helps both sides communicate effectively, negotiate solutions and come to agreements that are fair for everyone concerned. 

Through legal aid mediation, both sides can keep control of their case instead of relying on a third-party court system.


By talking to a mediator who is trained in family law, parties can discuss their issues openly without fear of feeling judged or intimidated. The mediator will provide families with information about the potential outcomes of their dispute and possible legal options available to them.

 The mediator will also explore ways that the parties can come to a mutually beneficial outcome outside of court proceedings, which could include drawing up an agreement or finding alternative forms of dispute resolution such as arbitration.


The goal is to reach an amicable solution that works best for all involved so that everyone involved is satisfied with the outcome of the mediation process. All information shared during the mediation sessions remains confidential between the parties involved unless otherwise agreed upon by all participants. 

This allows families in receipt of universal credits to find resolutions without having to go through lengthy and expensive court proceedings.

What Is Legally Aided Mediation?

Family mediation is a process in which a third-party mediator works with couples to identify the issues that need to be addressed and develop creative solutions.

The mediator helps the couple to communicate more effectively, recognize each other’s perspective, and reach agreements.

The mediator will provide support and guidance while remaining impartial and unbiased. The goal of mediation is to help both parties reach a mutually beneficial outcome without having to go through the court system.

Through this process, couples can quickly resolve disputes with less animosity than if they were to take the matter through litigation.

Why Choose Solent Family Mediation?

1. What is legal aid mediation?

Legal aid mediation is a form of dispute resolution that helps people resolve their legal problems without having to resort to expensive court proceedings. It is a voluntary process where an anonymous, impartial third party (called a mediator) assists both sides in reaching a mutually satisfactory resolution. Mediation can provide an efficient, cost-effective way for individuals and organizations to get their legal matters resolved quickly and without going through the time and expense of civil litigation.

2. How do I know if I qualify for legal aid mediation?

To determine if you qualify for legal aid mediation, contact your local legal aid office. They will be able to review your financial information and provide a determination as to whether or not you qualify for services.

3. What types of issues can be addressed in legal aid mediation?

Legal aid mediation can address a wide variety of issues, including divorce and custody disputes, child support and spousal support negotiations, uncontested adoptions, landlord/tenant disputes, small business matters, probate issues, debt collection and more.

4. How long does a typical legal aid mediation session last? 

A typical legal aid mediation session can last anywhere from a few hours to several days, depending on the complexity of the case and the number of parties involved.

5. Is there any cost associated with participating in legal aid mediation? 

Yes, there is a cost associated with participating in legal aid mediation. The cost varies depending on the type of legal aid services provided and may include filing fees, administrative fees, registration costs, court representation fees, or other related costs.

6. Is any kind of record kept of the proceedings during legal aid mediation?

Yes, records are kept of the proceedings during legal aid mediation. Usually, a mediator will make a written record of all discussions and results that take place during the session. This document is used to help both parties reach a settlement agreement and to keep track of any promises or agreements made by either side.

7. Who is allowed to participate in a legal aid mediation session? 

Anyone involved in the dispute, such as the parties, their attorneys or representatives, any experts or witnesses that may be needed to assist in the case, and any other individuals who may be involved or affected by the dispute are allowed to participate in a legal aid mediation session.

8. Are the results of a legal aid mediation session legally binding? 

No, the results of a legal aid mediation session are not legally binding. Mediation is an informal process and depends on the willingness of both parties to reach an agreement. The mediator’s role is to facilitate the process, and any agreements made by the parties are only enforceable if they are written down and signed by both parties.

9. Can I get help preparing for my legal aid mediation session? 

Yes. Legal aid can provide mediators to help you prepare for your mediation session. They can assist you in understanding the process, as well as provide resources and advice on how to best manage negotiations and communicate effectively with the other party. Additionally, they can provide advice on topics such as alternatives to traditional litigation should an agreement not be reached through mediation.

10. Does participation in a legal aid mediation session guarantee a resolution to my dispute?

No, participation in a legal aid mediation session does not guarantee a resolution to your dispute. The mediator does not have the authority to make decisions or force any of the parties to accept a particular outcome. Rather, the mediator facilitates a dialogue between the two parties and encourages them to reach their own mutually beneficial agreement.