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Family Mediation Fees

All fees are per person and include VAT. We take payment in advance of the meeting and will cancel if payment is not received. We will invoice you at the point of drafting mediation documents and send them out once payment is received. For FAQs and further information please see below.
Please see the separate page about applying for legal aid, including arrangements for waiving our usual pre-payment. If you are confirmed as eligible for legal aid at your MIAM, fees paid will be refunded.
Mediation Costs
Most cases take between 2 and 5 sessions, with an average of 3 sessions
    Fee per person (including VAT)
Individual pre-mediation Session (MIAM) 
to include C100/FM1/Form A
Joint MIAM Session
to include C100/FM1/Form A
Joint MIAM Session ¹  
(A standard session is 1 - 1.5 hours)
Cancellation Fees apply for:
-appointments cancelled less than 48 hours in advance
-failing to attend the appointment
¹Where we mediate with grandparents (or any other instance where one or both parties to mediation is a couple) our standard session fee is £228 per couple.
Document Preparation Costs
Clients not personally eligible for legal aid must pay for document preparation costs.
Most mediations result in the preparation of one or more documents (See FAQs below for more)
    Fee per person (including VAT)
Drafting of Parenting Plan/Statement of Child Arrangements
Drafting of Open Financial Statement (financial/all issues mediation)
Drafting of Memorandum of Understanding (financial/all issues mediation) 
Interpreter Services
The Direct Consultation with Children session is charged at £200 per session (£100 per parent) in addition to other work undertaken.
In some cases co-mediation (2 mediators) is required. This is charged at one third extra of the meeting costs detailed above.
Payment Terms: We can accept payment by debit/credit card over the phone, BACS transfer to account no. 00023303 sort code 40-52-40 or cheque made payable to National Family Mediation. Please note: there is no extra charge for use of a personal debit card but there is an additional 3% fee for payments
made by credit cards or company cards. In the event of a refund the card fees are non-refundable.
Please contact us on 0300 4000 636 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about your individual circumstances
In a complex mediation situation, clients and the mediator sometimes decide that having two mediators would help them in their discussions.
Direct Consultation with Children (DCC)
Sometimes during mediation, parents decide that it would be helpful to ask their children for their views about some of the issues under discussion. This might include such matters as future contact arrangements and living arrangements. These sessions allow the views of children to be heard and included in family mediation. This often helps the parents to make informed decisions about their children’s futures. This typically takes 3 sessions:
1. A planning session with the parents alone.
2. A session where the mediator meets with the children on their own.
3. A further session where the mediator feeds back to the parents the views of the children.
C100/ FM1/ Form A
Before making an application to Court, you must first attend a MIAM session with a mediator. If it is decided that mediation is not suitable for you, we can then issue the certified page of the C100/ FM1/ Form A.
MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting)
This is an opportunity for you to find out what mediation can offer and to decide if it is suitable for you. The mediator will be able to assess you for Legal Aid; find out about your current situation; and tell you about mediation. You will need to attend one of these meetings before you can make a Court application.
Parenting Plan/Statement of Child Arrangements
This document records all of the arrangements you have agreed with regard to your children. It may typically include such things as your pattern of contact with your children, any payments you will be making/ receiving, holiday periods or other important events for your children.
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Open Financial Statement (OFS)
This is a record of your joint financial disclosure and is used by both clients as an agreed statement of the assets and liabilities that have been disclosed during your mediation
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
Your mediator will write this for you at the end of mediation if you have mediated about finances and property. It records all of the arrangements you have agreed during the course of your mediation sessions.
Documents in Mediation
Documents produced in mediation will only be released when all fees due have been paid.
Shuttle Mediation
Mediation where the clients are in separate rooms and the mediator “shuttles” between them. Please note that this may incur additional costs and will be discussed with you prior to starting joint mediation.
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If you want to support a friend or relative whose family is going through separation, family mediation is a good place to start. 



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