How much does family mediation cost?
Mediation is faster and less expensive than litigation. Typically, mediation significantly reduces legal fees, which can vary between £5,000 and £10,000 for court-based conflict resolution.
Our mediation service is one of the most cost-efficient available solutions. We are also one of the few providers in the United Kingdom authorised to provide Legal Aid-funded mediation. If you qualify, mediation is provided at no cost to you. Our expert and fully-accredited family mediators provide individualised solutions to help families resolve their issues during separation, divorce, and care proceedings. We make time to assist you in problem solving.
Attendance at Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) is separate. During this appointment, we will provide you with information on mediation and ask you questions to determine together if mediation is appropriate for you. Mediation is a confidential and voluntary process. You are under no obligation to continue if you do not wish to.
Family mediation is eligible for legal assistance. If you qualify, mediation is provided at no cost to you. Before beginning, the mediator will determine your eligibility, and if you are not qualified, you are not required to continue with the meeting.
If the opposing party qualifies for Legal Aid, the Legal Aid Agency will pay for both of your MIAMs. If you are qualified for Legal Aid, you are also eligible for the Help with Mediation programme, which offers free legal advice in conjunction with mediation. We can provide further details during your initial consultation.
The Advantages of mediation
Dealing with family disputes or business conflicts is challenging, but mediation may be a helpful tool for resolving tight and often emotionally charged situations.
Family Mediation can be quicker, less expensive, and leave both parties with a more positive outlook on the agreed-upon resolution. A number of additional key benefits of mediation include:
Greater control – Family Mediation cannot guarantee a result because no legally binding decision is reached. Instead, the mediator works with the parties to find a resolution, but there is no assurance that the problem will be resolved. This can mean that both parties have greater control over the solution and are not compelled to accept an unsatisfactory outcome.
Confidentiality – Litigation, through which disagreements are addressed in court, is a potentially very public process. Unless both parties expressly agree otherwise, the details of out-of-court conflicts resolved through mediation are strictly secret.
Reduced costs – In general, resolving conflicts through judicial proceedings is very costly, and the total costs might be highly unpredictable. However, resolving disagreements through mediation is frequently considerably quicker and less expensive than going to court.
Enhanced support – Family Mediation involves the use of a professional, neutral mediator to interact with the disputing parties and assist them in locating a solution that is acceptable to both parties. The Mediator listens to all parties’ perspectives, speaks with them privately and sometimes jointly, and guides them through the process.
Relationship preservation – Resolving family or workplace disputes is already a challenging situation, but litigation and the stress of the courts may make it even more so, putting further strain on the relationship between the parties. Mediation, on the other hand, assists both parties in focusing on efficient communication and reaching a mutually beneficial settlement through negotiation.
Our experienced mediators at Family Mediation Service are professionals in the numerous legal fields in which they practise. In the hope and anticipation that it will be possible to establish a compromise that is acceptable to all parties, they will assist the parties through the mediation process and make it as uncomplicated as possible.
For more information about our Family mediation services, please call, email, or request a call back from one of our mediator specialists.