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Legal aid available for mediation in 1980 Hague Convention child abduction cases

Legal aid non-means and non-merit tested

The Legal Aid Agency has agreed to grant automatic non-means non-merit tested legal aid for mediation for all applicant parents in 1980 Hague Convention child abduction cases.

This will mean that the applicant parent is now eligible for legal aid to cover the costs of mediation to help resolve these cases. Reunite International strongly believes that this new provision will encourage more parents to engage in mediation in these difficult circumstances, resulting in an agreed solution and avoiding lengthy contested court hearings.

The charity says that where parents are not covered by legal aid, and do not have the means to cover the cost of mediation, we will continue to mediate pro-bono.