Costs

What does Family Mediation Cost?

The Information and Assessment Meeting

If you or your partner qualifies for legal aid FREE
If neither of you qualifies for legal aid £100 inc VAT each
Issuing Certificate (Form C100/Form A) after Meeting FREE
Issuing Certificate where meeting not appropriate £30 plus VAT

During the Mediation Process

Issuing form CW5 to enable you to access to free ‘help with mediation’ from a Solicitor (if you are Legally Aided) FREE if you are Legally Aided
If you or the other party qualifies for Legal Aid then the first mediation session FREE for both of you
If you qualify for legal aid then mediation mediation sessions and for the preparation of documents are: FREE for you

If your partner qualifies for Legal Aid but you do not, then they continue to receive free mediation but you will be required to pay the relevant fee for second and subsequent mediation sessions and for the preparation of documents.

Mediation sessions (standard hourly rate)
(sessions are normally 1½ hours)
£150 inc. VAT each - FREE if you are Legally Aided
Co-Mediation sessions (hourly rate)
(involving a second FMC accredited mediator)
Note: Sometimes a second mediator who is not fully accredited will work with a lead mediator. On these occasions only the standard hourly rate will apply
£180 inc. VAT each - FREE if you are Legally Aided
Preparation of Open Financial Statement – usually at an early stage in the mediation process Between £150 and £210* inc. VAT each - FREE if you are Legally Aided
Preparation of Memorandum of Understanding or Outcome Statement (includes short meeting to review together)
*In complex cases, the fee may be higher – the fee will always be agreed in advance.
Between £180 and £240* inc. VAT each - FREE if you are Legally Aided

Other preparation work, is not charged. The cost of exceptional preparation work is always subject to your prior agreement.

Cancellation Charges

There is a huge pressure on our mediators’ diaries, and it is essential that we do not lose spaces for those seeking our services as a result of late cancellations. Accordingly, we do have to charge for appointments that are not kept or which are cancelled by you at a late stage. This is how it works:

  • If an appointment is cancelled more than 5 working days before the meeting, no cancellation fee is payable.
  • If an appointment is cancelled more than 48 hours but less than 5 working days before the meeting, then a cancellation fee of £50 (inc VAT) is payable
  • If an appointment is cancelled less than 48 hours before the meeting, then a cancellation fee of 100 (inc VAT) is payable.

The different level of cancellation fees reflects the fact that, the later an appointment is cancelled, the less likely it is that we will be able to reallocate the time to someone else.

Likely number of sessions:

In cases only concerning children, two or three mediation sessions are likely to be sufficient in most cases

In cases concerning finances, between three and five sessions will be required in most cases, depending upon the complexity of the issues involved.

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