How much will it cost?

How much will it cost?

Mediation is about helping you work together to reach a fair solution. Because it’s collaborative rather than adversarial, you make progress much more quickly and at much lower cost than through the traditional solicitor route.

We can usually agree a fixed fee arrangement with you, when you're coming to mediation solely to discuss arrangements for children.

The mediator will therefore be able to give you an accurate overall cost of the mediation at your initial one to one assessment meeting (known as a MIAM). This will also be an opportunity to get a clearer idea of the issues to be resolved, to discuss the different options with you. The assessment meeting has a fixed fee of £120 including VAT, which includes all correspondence, telephone calls and preparation time.

To give you some idea of the potential overall cost of a mediation once you’ve both decided to proceed with mediation, a mediator may need anywhere between 2 and 6 hours’ input for a mediation about the arrangements for your children and preparing a Parenting Statement with a range of total cost of between just over £200 and £600 each. Compare that with the typical cost of using a solicitor which can often be between £5,000 and £10,000 each and sometimes much more.

Remember, if you qualify for legal aid, mediation is totally free. The Legal Aid Agency will also meet some of the costs for the other person too. Even if you don’t qualify for legal aid, we can apply for a Ministry of Justice voucher worth £500 per family to put towards the cost of the mediation.

YOUR NEXT STEP: TELEPHONE US ON 0330 320 7600 TO ARRANGE YOUR PERSONAL ONE-TO-ONE MEDIATION INFORMATION AND ASSESSMENT MEETING (MIAM). This meeting is a legal requirement if you’re thinking of issuing court proceedings and, if you’re not sure what to do next, it gives you dedicated time with an expert mediator so you can explain your situation and we can then give you bespoke information outlining the pros and cons of all the different options. Our intention is that you leave the meeting knowing what you’re going to do next, why and how. This meeting – just between you and the mediator – is free if you qualify for legal aid which we can assess prior to the meeting. If not, there is a one off fixed fee of £120 inclusive of VAT.

Mediation is more amicable and obviously cheaper than fraught litigation and solicitors’ letters

Mediation gets you communicating. I think this is better than a court situation, and less costly