If you qualify for Legal Aid then everything will be free.
During our initial telephone conversation we will be able to give you an indication of whether you will be eligible for legal aid or not. This will then be followed up with a formal eligibility test at your one to one Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM).
You can also use this link to the Community Legal Service Fund Financial Eligibility Calculator to check whether you qualify or not.
If you are not eligible for legal aid then you will be subject to our private fees, these are inclusive, which means you are not charged additionally for; letters, phone calls etc.
We do not charge VAT, so the prices you see here are the prices that you pay. Please note you are individually responsible for your fees only.
The standard charge for a MIAM is £90 per person per meeting, but if either of you or both of you are eligible for legal aid then these initial meetings will be free for you both! In addition the first joint mediation session will be covered by legal aid for you both.
If neither of you are eligible, then you will each have to pay the standard charge for a MIAM. This includes the cost of the ‘mediation certificate’ for Forms C100, FM1 or Form A should you need these.
For mediation sessions the charge is £130 per person per session. Sessions typically last for 90 minutes. If you are eligible for legal aid then the sessions will be free. If one party has legal aid and the other is not, then the legal aid will cover the cost of the first joint session for both parties.
To give a general indication of the number of sessions that will be needed: for children’s issues 1-2 sessions will be required, for financial issues 2-3 sessions, for both 3-4 sessions. Complicated and highly conflicted cases may need additional sessions.
The fees for your final documents vary depending on whether you are divorcing or not. For a divorce we will be producing an Open Statement of Financial Information and a Memorandum of Understanding for you, the fee for these is £150 per person (£75 per document). For other matters the fee for an Outcome Statement is £100 (£50 per person).
You can agree between you to share the fees however you like. Fees are paid in advance of any meeting / drafting and in stages as you move through the process.
If you are eligible for legal aid and you start joint mediation sessions, we can refer you to a solicitor who can provide you with free basic advice and assistance, aimed at supporting you through the mediation process – this is called ‘Help with Mediation’.