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01 Feb 11 #249109 by dermot49
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i intend to go for a contact order as the litigant as my wife is refusing overnight stays for my kids. i have no money to pay for mediation. how id this viewed by the court if i cant pay for it? i have 1000 in savings and pay 500 informally to wife she gets 1100 per month i get 1800 and we have two kids 10 and 8. i have to pay for flat etc

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02 Feb 11 #249160 by TBagpuss
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You may be eligable for Legal Help to pay for the costs of the mediation.

Legal Help eligibility takes into account your housing costs (subject to a cap) and the amounts you pay in maintenance, and £1,000 is below the savings cap.

If you are entitled to legal help you are also likely to be eligable (fincially) for public funding if matters have to then go to court.


If not, do still speak to a mediator - the costs may be lower than you think, and the initial assesment of suitability, and discussions about fees, are generally free.

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