Local Solicitors Hall Smith Whittingham are now offering a free Family Mediation Service at the Hope Street Centre, Sandbach to those who qualify. Mediation can be used to resolve issues arising from relationship breakdowns including problems relating to money and arrangements for the children.
Kay Masters, who will be staffing the service at Hope Street says,
‘Legal Aid for Mediation is available for anyone on certain benefits or a low income. If one person is eligible for Legal Aid both parties get the Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting and the first Mediation Session free.
Nowadays, the Courts require applications relating to children or finances arising from marital breakdown to be preceded by an assessment for suitability for Mediation before issue. Statistics show that over 70% of couples who use Mediation reach agreement. This helps to avoid costly and emotional court battles.’