How Much Does Mediation Cost?
Family Mediation is not only faster and less stressful than going through the courts, but it is also more cost-effective. Family mediation costs do vary according to the number of appointments you need and is partly shaped by the range of issues you are looking to resolve.
For example, if you are looking to mediate agreements over money, parenting and property, you are likely to need more sessions than if your case relates only to money, which will affect mediation costs.
On average, we’d expect people mediating about child arrangements or finances to attend between 1-3 mediation appointments (excluding the MIAM) and people mediating about children and finances between 2-4 appointments.
Generally, you can expect to pay in the region of £600 – £1,000 per person in mediation fees, including the cost of your MIAM and any documents produced at the end of mediation. All NFM services charges are per session, which means you will only pay for the services you use, with no hidden costs or extras, and you will be given information about the fees before you start so that you can confidently factor in the costs. Most people find using family mediation to settle post-separation issues is much cheaper and quicker than heading straight to a solicitor and taking issues through the courts.
Legal Aid is also available for family mediation – click here for more information about Legal Aid for Mediation or you could be eligible for the government’s £500 family mediation voucher scheme which is available for separating families, with children, to go towards the cost of using accredited family mediation services.
The average cost of divorce through the courts in the UK is £14,561 so using mediation to reach agreement on all of your outstanding issues is by far the most cost-effective way to achieve settlement and with a 77% settlement rate on all cases, there is every possibility that you will achieve agreement.
What is family mediation?
What is a MIAM?