Costs and other FAQs

To give you both a broad idea, it takes on average between 3 and 6 meetings to resolve divorce and financial issues, and similar to resolve arrangements for the children.

The fee for our online mediation information meeting (MIAM) is £125 and the meeting usually takes between 45 minutes to an hour.

Our fees for online Family Law Information meetings are £150 per hour.

Our joint online mediation meetings cost £110 per hour for each of you (£220 per hour in total) and the meetings usually last for 1½ - 2 hours. Work we will have to do between meetings and in preparing final documents will be charged according to how much time we spend doing that work. We provide a bill after each meeting so that you know where you are with the costs every step of the way.

We do not charge VAT.

If you would prefer to meet in person, for a room hire charge, this can be arranged.

Our rates are normally reviewed annually, usually in the March of every year.  We will inform you of any variation in our rates before they take effect.

What is family mediation?

Family Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process that enables you and your former partner or family member to discuss the legal and practical issues you are facing.

How does mediation work?

The mediator will listen to the issues, facilitate discussions and assist you in resolving disputes that have arisen.

What can we discuss at mediation?

Any issues that you both agree. These can be legal, practical, communication or any concerns or worries you have.

What happens at the mediation sessions?

The sessions focus on the issues, the information needed and exploring the options to work out what solutions may work best for you/the family.

Do I have to be in the same room as my ex?

The initial MIAM meeting is alone with the mediator.  Joint meetings are face to face, with the mediator present at all times.  If you have any concerns about being in a room with your ex, this should be discussed with the mediator at the MIAM meeting.

What does the mediator do?

The mediator facilitates discussions.  Sometimes this includes assisting with understanding the facts and information and helping with brainstorming alternatives and ideas.  Our mediators are experienced in family law and can provide general information on the legal processes and options.

How can I protect my rights and interests?

The mediator is impartial and can provide information but not advice.  It is sensible to have legal advice during the mediation process, and before any agreements are endorsed into court orders so that you have advice on your rights.

Will the agreement reached at mediation be binding?

The mediator can confirm any agreements reached at mediation in a Memorandum of Understanding.  This is a without prejudice document that lawyers, with both of your agreement, can then turn into a binding court order if needed.

How will my child’s wishes be taken into account?

Our mediators are qualified to meet with children during the mediation process, presuming you both agree and the children are old enough to participate and want to.  This enables us to bring the views of the children into the discussions we have and ensure their voice is heard as part of the decision-making process.

How long will it take?

To give you both a broad idea, it takes on average between 3 and 6 meetings to resolve financial issues and similar to resolve arrangements for the children.

What does Without Prejudice mean?

This a legal term meaning that you can have discussions and suggest ideas and proposals without them being referred to in any subsequent court proceedings. What we talk about in the mediation sessions cannot be shared with a Judge or in a court process unless you both agree.

What is CIM?

CIM is Child Inclusive Mediation. Our mediators are qualified to meet with children during the mediation process if you both agree and the children are old enough to participate and want to.  This enables us to bring the views of the children into the discussions we have and ensure their voice is heard as part of the decision-making process.

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