Charges for mediation vary according to individual services. Some mediation practices charge by the hour, some per session. Some may apply ‘sliding scales’ or offer a fixed fee package.
If you go on to mediation, some mediators make no charge, or may refund part or all of the first meeting or Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting (MIAM). This does vary between mediators and mediation services, so ask about charges before going to your first meeting or MIAM. At your first meeting, the mediator will be able to explain the likely costs of any mediation, and how you can pay.
How do I find out how much it will cost?
- Find a mediator and ring or email them to ask what their charges are for the first meeting and the mediation sessions. This will give you an idea of costs so you can compare them with other services. Contacting a number of mediators can help you compare costs and find the service that suits you best.
- When you go to the first meeting or MIAM, the mediator will be able to give you an estimate of how much mediation is likely to cost based on their understanding of what it is you hope to deal with.
They will also help you check if you can get legal aid to help pay for it.
Can I get legal aid?
If you’re on a low income you may be able to get legal aid to help pay for one or more of:
- The Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting (MIAM)
- Mediation sessions
- Legal help in support for mediation
- If your case isn’t suitable for mediation, in some circumstances you might get legal aid for other sorts of legal help.
Legal aid may be available to one or both of you and each person will be assessed separately. Even if only one person can get legal aid both will have the fee for the MIAM and the cost of the first full mediation session covered.