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South Essex Family Mediation Service is a not-for-profit service, which has a team of highly skilled mediators who can help you make your own decisions about the future. Family Lawyers cannot offer their clients Legal Aid, except in exceptional circumstances involving domestic violence which must be evidenced. However, mediation with us may cost you nothing. We can assess you to see if you qualify for Legal Aid funding for mediation, if you are not eligible our fees are considerably lower than legal costs.

There are very few services in South Essex with a Legal Aid contract; South Essex Family Mediation has such a contract and is the longest established of these and one of the few that is a registered charity, (Relate South Essex 1053522) where our ethos is to provide an affordable service to the community.

All South Essex Family Mediation mediators are qualified to practice and are fully accredited by the Legal Aid Agency. Only mediators that work for a mediation firm that has a contract with the Legal Aid Agency have been awarded the gold standard mark of quality.

All our staff hold fully enhanced current background (DBS) checks to give you peace of mind and everything you say during mediation is confidential. The only exception to this would be if there are any safety concerns for family members.


Mediation is about making positive agreements so that you can move on with your life.

"Our mediator did a tremendous job and acted impartially. You all do a great job"

"My husband and I were at total gridlock. We were able to use the experience of mediation to come to an agreement - wonderful"

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