The cost of Mediation
Where applicable, Delta provides Mediation funded by legal aid – not all mediators do
Legal aid was withdrawn on 1st April 2013 for all family proceedings going through solicitors and the Courts (with limited exceptions) but legal aid is still available for Mediation with an accredited mediator.
In 2014 Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes said:
“Mediation works and we are committed to making sure that more people make use of it, rather than go through the confrontational and stressful experience of going to Court. Millions of pounds of legal aid remain available to pay for anyone eligible. We are also changing the law as anyone considering Court action over disputes about children or finances will be legally obliged to attend a Mediation meeting first.”
The Independent, 13 January 2014
If you are eligible for legal aid then Mediation is FREE. You can check your eligibility by using the Government’s online calculator. If you are still not sure, your eligibility can be checked by the mediator in the MIAM (or by phone in advance of the MIAM). The application form will be completed by the mediator, signed by you, based on the information you provide. (NB. You will be required to provide documentary proof of your income/state benefits and a recent bank statement to support your claim.)
If you are not eligible for legal aid there is an hourly charge for Mediation sessions of between £60 and £100 per person. There is a fixed fee of £75 per person for MIAMs. A clearer estimate of the overall cost of Mediation will be given by the mediator in the MIAM.
If you are not eligible for legal aid but your ex-partner is, then the cost of your MIAM will be covered by their legal aid order.