mediation mk for separating couples
For couples and families

The cost of Mediation

Are you entitled to free Mediation?

If you have low levels of income and savings, then you may be entitled to Legal Aid, in which case you are eligible for free mediation. We assess your income and capital in line with the Legal Aid Agency criteria at assessment.

What does mediation cost?

Mediation MK is a not-for-profit service, dependent upon grants and clients’ fees to cover costs. However, in order to ensure that our service is socially inclusive, we charge on a sliding scale, based on your individual income.

If you are eligible for Legal Aid, there will be no charge to you. Otherwise, payment is on a session by session basis. These are as follows:

Finance, Property and Children

Assessment: £90 plus Vat per person. Mediation sessions (which usually last 1.5 hours) are then charged on a sliding scale, dependent on your individual income. These figures are based on gross income (including any tax credits, child support and child benefit) before tax.

Under £25,000:£80 plus VAT per person per hour
£25,001 to £40,000:£100 plus VAT per person per hour
£40,001 and over:£120 plus VAT per person per hour

Our charges cover the mediator’s time during the sessions plus associated work outside the meetings, provision of summaries of the outcome of sessions, and all administration costs, including phone calls, letters and communication with solicitors.

We also charge for documents produced at the end of mediation, summarising proposals, chargeable on a per person basis. If your mediation concerns children only, then we will produce a Co-Parenting Plan. If your mediation is about finances, we will prepare two documents:

  • an Open Statement of Financial Information, and
  • a Memorandum of Understanding (which will incorporate a Co-Parenting Plan if necessary).

The charge for producing a Memorandum of Understanding/Co-Parenting Plan is £80 plus VAT. The charge for producing an Open Statement of Financial Information is £130 plus VAT.

Please note we charge a £25 booking fee to arrange an appointment for a MIAM. This is refunded if you are confirmed as eligible for Legal Aid or used towards your MIAM fee.

Listening To Young People

LYP preparation meeting: £80 plus Vat per person
LYP children session: Free
LYP feedback meeting: £80 plus Vat per person

What is Family Mediation?

If you are separating or divorcing, family mediation can help you sort out disputes - without involving big legal fees or going through court.

Mediation MK, providing help for separating couples in Milton Keynes and Northampton.

Mediation is not about trying to get you back together. It’s about helping you to make arrangements after you’ve decided to separate. It can also help when you've already separated and need to sort something out.

You and your partner (or ex-partner) explain your concerns and views to each other in the presence of a family mediator who helps you both to reach an agreement.

Legal aid may be available to pay for mediation.

Contact Mediation MK when you need help sorting out arrangements - you don't have to see a solicitor first.

We have offices in Milton Keynes and Northampton.

Talk to us about Mediation