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When you need legal advice

Some people find it helpful to have legal advice during mediation.

For example, legal advice may be helpful for:

  • Advising on any legal matter connected with your mediation discussions
  • Advising on the proposal reached through mediation
  • Turning the written agreement into a legally binding document, such as a consent order
  • Supporting you in preparing divorce papers for the court, if necessary

You can get legal advice from a solicitor. You can arrange this at any point in the process. It’s important to make sure that the solicitor you choose specialises in family law.

A family solicitor instructed by you will act for you and you alone but will also help you think about how decisions could affect other family members, especially any children involved.

If you’re talking about your issues and working to reach agreement through mediation, there is much less need for a solicitor’s time. This means that legal fees can be kept as low as possible.

You may not have to pay for legal help in support of mediation if you get legal aid.