Costs of the Service
Am I 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 it 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: £70 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 £50 plus Vat per person per hour
£25,001 to £40,000 £75 plus Vat per person per hour
£40,001 and over £100 plus Vat per person per hour
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.
Finance, Property and Children (continued..)
Our charges cover mediatorís time during the sessions plus associated work outside the meetings, provision of summaries of the outcome of sessions, 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 an hour at the rate that you pay for mediation. The charge for producing an Open Statement of Financial Information is an hour and a half.
Listening To Young People
LYP preparation meeting: £70 plus Vat per person
LYP children session: Free
LYP feedback meeting: £70 plus Vat per person