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Hi, thank you for your question. If your finances are within the legal aid limits and the conviction is within the last 60 months then you would be eligible for legal aid to assist initially to reach an agreement through solicitor's correspondence or if he pursued an application to court, for legal aid representation. Have you contacted any legal aid solicitors in your area to assess this?
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I note that you cannot apply for Legal Aid since your ex has not made a Court application
Given all the risks the best way forward is to offer contact with hand overs at a local contact centre.
You can in fact still use mediation despite the Domestic Violence if you wish - it is simply that it is not mandatory on your case.
This may well be the best way of resolving matters if you do wish to facilitate your children's wishes and do not wish to pay for a solicitor
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Further to my colleagues comments above, you are in fact entitled to advice and assistance from a solicitor prior to any court application and this can be under legal aid (it is called the Legal Help Scheme). Under this funding, subject to your financial circumstances and the required domestic violence evidence being available), the solicitor can correspond and negotiate with the father on your behalf, and also make a referral for mediation if it is deemed appropriate. Subject to your financial eligibility you may also be entitled to legal aid for mediation.
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