Legal Aid recipients are entitled for free Mediation Bournemouth.

Mediation is given free to those qualifying. The opposing party also benefits since the Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) and the first Mediation Bournemouth meeting will be free of charge for both.

With rare exclusions, attorneys are no longer permitted to give Legal Aid, hence mediation is currently the major source of government assistance for settling family difficulties.

Solent Family Mediation Bournemouth has a contract with the Legal Aid Agency to provide publicly-funded family mediation services. The Legal Agency conducts publicly-funded mediation through mediators accredited by the Family Mediation Bournemouth Council (those who possess FMCA) and have a contract with the Legal Aid Agency.

If you think you or your former partner may be eligible for legal help you may use the ‘Can you receive legal aid ‘ option on the Ministry of Justice website. Go to www.gov.uk when you access the site, click ‘Start Now’; pick ‘Family’; choose ‘Family Mediation’; click ‘Yes’; click ‘Check if you qualify financially’. Enter information in calculator.

When you come down to your first session we will want you to produce information to verify you are qualified.

Evidence necessary for Legal Aid evaluation

If you believe you might obtain Legal Aid for Mediation Bournemouth because you are on benefits, or working but on a low income, we can work out for you if you qualify. If you bring to your initial appointment the proof indicated below, the mediator should be able to inform you there and then whether you qualify for Legal Aid. If you are living with someone as husband or wife, we will also need to examine the same information for them.

For people in receipt of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit
  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance that is Based on Income (JSA)
  • Employment and Support Allowance, which is based on a person’s income (ESA)
  • Credit for the Guarantee of Pensions

We must see –

We need to see the original notification letter, and if it is older than six months, we also need to see a recent bank statement for the full month leading up to the date of your appointment (the statement can’t be older than one month). If you are receiving Universal Credit, we need to see proof that you received payment in the month prior to your consultation in order to schedule an appointment with you.

In addition to it, you are need to bring in your National Insurance (NI) number.

If you are working for a salary:

  • Your most recent pay stub, in the case that you are paid monthly. Your most recent four consecutive pay stubs, in the case that you are paid weekly.
  • if you are currently receiving tax credits, the most recent notification of award. A more current bank statement is required if this document is older than six months (no less than one month old).
  • Payment history for a rental or mortgage obligation.
  • If the cost of child care is more than $600 per month, you will need to provide a bank statement as well as a copy of the agreement or contract.
  • bank statements for the month before to the date of your appointment, for any accounts held either in your own name or jointly with someone else, whether the accounts are in your own name or in both of your names.

If you are your own boss, you should:

  • Statements from all of your personal and/or joint bank accounts, as well as those held in the name of your company, for the month immediately before the date of your appointment. These statements should be in the name of your firm.
  • All of the financial details from the previous year.
  • tax return for the most recent year based on one’s own self-assessment.
  • if you are currently receiving tax credits, the most recent notification of award. A more current bank statement is required if this document is older than six months (no less than one month old).
  • Payment history for a rental or mortgage obligation.
  • If the cost of child care is more than $600 per month, you will need to provide a bank statement as well as a copy of the agreement or contract.

If you are no longer working:

  • Documentation of the gross amount of the pension.
  • bank statements for the month before to the date of your appointment, for any accounts held either in your own name or jointly with someone else, whether the accounts are in your own name or in both of your names.

Deborah Butterworth is a Family Mediator with the FMCA and provides Mediation Bournemouth services for both privately and publically financed cases. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions regarding whether or not you qualify. The most recent advice makes it possible for mediators to conduct eligibility checks over the phone or through video conferences. Both the supporting papers and the application form for legal aid can be signed and then mailed off to the appropriate location.

We can examine legal aid in our main and outreach offices. Dial 0238 161 1051 to reach Solent Family Mediation.

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