Legal Aid is available for family mediation. If you are eligible mediation is completely FREE for you. There is no charge to you for the initial meeting known as the Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) nor any subsequent mediation sessions.
The mediator will assess your eligibility for free at the start of the MIAM and if you are not eligible you do not have to proceed with the meeting if you do not want to.
If the other party is eligible for Legal Aid, the Legal Aid Agency will pay for the MIAM for both of you.
If you are eligible for Legal Aid, you will also be eligible for the Help with Mediation scheme, which provides for some free legal advice alongside mediation. We can tell you more about this at your initial meeting.
For more information please see this information. Any questions do not hesitate to contact us.
If you are not eligible for Legal Aid or do not wish to be assessed the charges are as follows (including VAT):
Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting - £120 per person
Joint Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting - £90 per person
Mediation Session - £120 per hour per person
Document Fee - Parenting Plan - £75 per person.
Document Fee - Property and Finance - Open Financial Statement - £90 per person.
- Memorandum of Understanding - £75 per person.
As a guide, Children Arrangements usually take two to three sessions, each of about an hour duration. Property and Finance mediation or Children Arrangements plus Property and Finance usually takes three to five sessions, each of about 1 hour 30 minutes duration.
We only charge for the time you are with us face to face, payable on the day you receive the service. There are no other additional charges for telephone calls, letters, etc. You decide on the timing of the sessions, so you can stage the sessions with your ability to pay.