New £500 Mediation Voucher Scheme
From the 1st April, The Family Mediation Trust will be providing clients with access to a free £500 voucher to support the cost of mediation relating to child cases.
The Ministry of Justice has committed £1 million to support families with the cost of mediation. The aim is to encourage people to seek resolution of their disputes outside of court. The funds will be administered through an easy to access mediation voucher.
These vouchers represent a real opportunity for clients who feel the cost of mediation is stopping them from accessing mediation. Working alongside the Legal Aid funding, these vouchers have the ability to make mediation of child cases accessible for everyone.
Key information about the vouchers:
Further details on the voucher scheme can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/family-mediation-voucher-scheme
How much will it cost me?
The cost of mediation will vary according to your income level:
The following table sets out the relevant rates:
Mediation session (for those on less than the Living Wage)
Child Inclusive Mediation (Child Session)
Re-Issue of Papers
If less than 3 working days’ notice - no refund
40% on the mediation fee per session
Shuttle Mediation Supplement
Legal Aid Deposit
1) All prices above include VAT.
2) All payments must be made before a mediation session or MIAM is held.
3) The deposit is retained until the Legal Aid assessment is complete.
4) All prices are per party, for example: if the mediation session is run as a shuttle session, then both parties will have to pay the £30 supplement to the mediation charge of either £120 or £180.
5) Co-mediation is a model adopted for cases that have high levels of complexity, the decision for co-mediation will be made by the mediator.
What is Legal Aid and will I be eligible?
To establish whether you are eligible for Legal Aid for mediation, take a look at the Legal Aid Calculator: www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid
If you would like us to assess whether you are eligible for Legal Aid in your mediation assessment meeting (MIAM), you will need to bring certain documents to your assessment meeting - we cannot assess your eligibility without these documents. Here is a current checklist of documents you will need to bring: Legal Aid Information of Clients current.pdf. Please note that you must bring paper copies, so that we can photocopy the evidence for our records; online or 'phone records are not sufficient. If you are unable to bring a paper copy, please contact us to arrange to send an email copy prior to your assessment meeting.
If the assessment finds that you are not eligible for Legal Aid, or if you are unable to produce the evidence needed to assess you, you will be charged by our standard rates.
When do I pay?
We take payment when we make a booking for a meeting.
How can I pay?
We take payment at the point you make the booking over the 'phone. We will accept payment via a credit or debit card. If you reserve a meeting through the website, then you will need to call to make payment. Failure to do this will mean that the meeting will not take place.
We would like to do a shuttle mediation session, what is the cost implication of this?
These sessions cost the Service more to run, so we do need to make a charge to cover these costs. The supplement fee for a shuttle mediation is £30 per person.
What happens if I cancel?
Our policy is: