Can I afford mediation?
Who pays for mediation?
The average cost of family mediation in the UK is £140 per person per hour.*
*according to the Family Mediation Council – January 2020
Mediate UK keep our costs fixed at £115 per person per hour throughout your whole mediation process. And remember, every pound you pay can be taken off our fixed-fee legal packages once your agreement is settled.
Government funding of up to £500 per family is now available to resolve issues relating to child arrangement matters.
Most people pay their share, but you can agree that one person will pay in full. There is more about who pays for family mediation in our blog here.
How much is mediation?
Mediation is a far more cost-effective method to resolve your dispute. A solicitor will quote upwards of £20,000 plus VAT if your case goes to court for a full financial hearing. Most solicitors charge upward of £250 plus VAT per hour.
At £115 per person per hour, our mediation is amongst the most cost-effective options available. For this you get access to our fully trained and professional family mediators, fixed-fee legal advice and services and our network of specialist companies who can help you with mortgages, financial advice, conveyancing and wills.
And don’t forget we are the best reviewed family mediation company in England & Wales.
What is included in the price of mediation?
Included in the cost of your mediation is the time taken for the mediator to prepare for your session, write up any notes from your meetings and obtain your financial disclosures.
We do not charge extra for sending emails or letters, or for phone calls. All meetings can also be held online.
Once you have reached an agreement, we can work out the most cost effective legal package for you based on the number of mediation sessions you have used.
Remember, you only pay the hourly rate for mediation until you are ready to choose a legal package that is best suited to you, on reaching your agreement.
Mediation & divorce costs
Please note we no longer offer Legal Aid for mediation.
Initial meetings – £115 per hour (all appointments are paid at time of booking)
Child inclusive mediation – £115 per hour (all payable in advance)
Mediation meeting – £115 per person per hour (payable at time of booking your meeting)
Form A / C100 for court – £60
Fixed fee legal separation package (includes your initial meetings, up to 4 hours joint mediation sessions and a solicitor drafted deed of separation) – £999 per person
Silver fixed fee divorce and mediation package (includes your initial meetings, up to 4 hours joint mediation sessions, solicitor managed divorce through to your decree absolute) – £1399 per person
Gold fixed fee divorce and mediation package (includes your initial meetings, up to 6 hours of joint mediation sessions, solicitor managed divorce, solicitor acting for the respondent, solicitor drafted consent order) – £1699 per person
Platinum fixed fee divorce and mediation package (includes your initial meetings, 2 hours legal advice, written report of that advice, up to 8 hours of joint mediation sessions, solicitor managed divorce, solicitor drafted consent order, separate solicitor acting for the respondent and a new will for each of you on your divorce ) – £2399 per person
Fixed fee consent order package (includes your initial meetings, 4 hours joint mediation sessions and a solicitor checked and drafted consent order, submission of the order to court and all court correspondence ) – £999 per person
Barrister Review (includes a report sent to our barrister chambers, who will review your case and write a report of what they feel would be a likely outcome if your case went to court) – £499 per person
Legal advice and a written report based on your circumstances can be added to any package (It is included as standard with the platinum package) – You have the option of a 1 hour consultation and written report or two hour consultation and written report – £299 for 1 hour or £399 for 2 hours
Child Arrangement Order a solicitor drafts a child arrangement consent order and completes a C100 form and sends to your local court. They deal with Caffcass enquiries on your behalf. This makes your parenting plan legally binding. You will need to attend court for this – £399 per person.
HMCTS court fees for divorce – £550
HMCTS court fees for a financial consent order – £50
HMCTS Court fees for a child arrangement order – £215
Form A / C100 – £60
Respondent Only Service (Solicitor to manage the divorce for the respondent) – £399
Memorandum of Understanding (Free with any fixed fee legal package) – £110 per person
Parenting Plan (for Child Only Mediation) – £72 per person
Outcome Statement (documents the outcome where no or partial agreement reached) – £72 per person
Certified translation of marriage certificate – (from) £120
Solicitor drafted consent order (if added on to any divorce package) – £499 per person
Certified copy of a marriage certificate – £25
Hire of second room for shuttle mediation – £30 per person per meeting
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