Mediation is free for people who qualify for legal aid. A Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) is usually required before court, where it is safe to take place.
Where at least one party is eligible, legal aid will cover the costs of both parties to attend the MIAM. The person making the application to court must arrange and attend the MIAM, which can take place separately or jointly with the other party.
However, there may be factors, such as domestic abuse, that mean mediation may not be appropriate.
See if you qualify for legal aid.