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What does Mediation cost?

If you are entitled to public funding mediation is free providing the appropriate evidence is produced at pre mediation stage.

The Mediator will carry out an eligibility assessment as part of the Mediation Information and Assessment meeting (MIAM). Click here for information you will need to bring to this meeting to enable us to check your eligibility.

Clients who do not provide evidence or who assessed as not eligible will be expected to pay at the time of the meeting. If evidence is provided subsequently the fee will be refunded.

You will not be eligible for public funding if

  • you have savings over £8000
  • your gross monthly income is above £2657
  • your monthly disposable income is above £733. Some allowances may apply and the mediator will be able to advise you.

  • If you receive certain benefits you may be entitled to free mediation.
    You can visit the website calculator to see if you might be eligible for free mediation.
    If you are not eligible for free mediation the following charges are made for joint sessions based on annual income The amount will be explained to you before mediation begins.
    Charges are per client and include VAT

    Pre Mediation
    Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting
    Individual £50
    Free if eligible for legal aid

    (with your ex partner/spouse)

    £100 (£50 per person)
    Free if eligible for legal aid
    Form FM1
    (for applications to court)

    Free if eligible for legal aid

    Joint Mediation
    Hourly rate per person, includes session outcome statement
    Sessions lasting more than an hour will be charged in quarter hour blocks
    Free if eligible for legal aid

    Annual Gross Income
    including salary, benefits, tax credits, pensions etc.

    Below £13.000
    £13 000 - £35,000
    Over £35,000
    Over £60,000
    NB: FAME cannot guarantee the number of sessions you will require. However for your information a typical Child Issues Only case lasts 2-3 sessions. Property & Finance cases tend to take 3-4 sessions and All Issues cases 4-5 sessions.

    Preparation of Documents (if required)
    Parenting Planning no charge
    Open Financial Statement £100 per person
    Memorandum of Understanding £100 per person

    Direct Consultation for Children with parents involved in mediation
    £90 per hour shared between parents by agreement
    Free to parents eligible for legal aid

    Income means a client’s annual income (salary, benefits, tax credits, pension etc.) before tax (gross).
    Sessions may be booked for an hour or more. Sessions lasting more than an hour will be charged in quarter hour blocks according to the client’s hourly rate.
    Clients should discuss with their mediator the appropriate session length for their case.
    If either client is eligible for legal aid the MIAM is free for BOTH clients.
    If you are not eligible for public funding you will need to pay for mediation. Click here to download the current charges.

    Paying for Mediation
    Payment for meetings is payable at or before the meeting and those relating to the preparation of documents are payable at the point we begin drafting them.

    Payments can be made by cheque, credit card or cash. Internet transfer payments can be made by arrangement.

    FAME is a non-profit making charity. Please help us to keep our costs affordable by paying promptly. If you are concerned about your ability to pay please discuss this with your mediator as we may be unable to make further bookings or complete documents until payment is received.

    If appointments are cancelled within three working days or clients fail to attend, FAME reserves the right to charge a cancellation fee of 50% of the fee for the meeting.
    How do I make an appointment?
    Contact us direct by telephone, letter or email.
    Ask your solicitor (or an advice agency) to refer you.

    The office is staffed 9.00 – 5.00 Monday to Thursday and 9.00 – 4.30 on Fridays.