For couples and families

Separating Couples

Free Mediation

If you have low levels of income and savings, then you may be entitled to Legal Aid, in which case you are eligible for free mediation. We assess your income and capital in line with the Legal Aid Agency criteria at the first meeting (known as The Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting or MIAM).

You may be able to get legal aid to help pay for one or more of:

  • The Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting (MIAM)
  • Mediation sessions
  • Legal help in support for mediation
  • If your case isn’t suitable for mediation, in some circumstances you might get legal aid for taking your case to court.

Legal aid may be available to one or both of you and each person will be assessed separately. Even if only one person can get legal aid both will have the fee for the MIAM covered (although not the mediation itself).

If you can’t get legal aid, you’ll have to pay yourself. However, the cost of mediation, even when supported by legal advice, is usually much less than using only a lawyer. When you go to the MIAM, we will give you an idea of how much mediation is likely to cost based on our understanding of your case.

For more information on our costs please visit our costs page.

What is Family Mediation?


If you are separating or divorcing, family mediation can help you sort out disputes - without involving big legal fees or going through court.

Mediation MK, providing help for separating couples in Milton Keynes and Northampton.

Mediation is not about trying to get you back together. It’s about helping you to make arrangements after you’ve decided to separate. It can also help when you've already separated and need to sort something out.

You and your partner (or ex-partner) explain your concerns and views to each other in the presence of a family mediator who helps you both to reach an agreement.

Legal aid may be available to pay for mediation.

Contact Mediation MK when you need help sorting out arrangements - you don't have to see a solicitor first.

We have offices in Milton Keynes and Northampton.

Talk to us about Mediation