CFFM is a “not for profit” service and registered charity. We are pledged to make mediation available to all regardless of ability to pay. However we must cover our costs to remain financially viable.
Our charging policy is as follows:
a. Free telephone consultation and any letters to other party
b. Application fee(free if legally aided) of £40 +VAT(£50) once your case is proceeding to meetings to avoid wasted appointments
c. Initial free individual meetings – Generally lasting around half an hour giving information about mediation to help you decide whether this would help in your particular situation.
d. Mediation sessions are then free or chargeable
a. Free throughout if you meet the criteria (low income, limited savings)
We will help you assess whether you are eligible for legal aid at or before your first meeting.
b. First joint session free for both of you if one of you qualifies for Legal Aid (later sessions chargeable).
c. Chargeable for everyone else – see scale opposite. This aims to keep charges as low as possible with most on a sliding scale.
- If mediation is not going ahead and you are applying to court then you will normally have to attend a “Mediation Information and Assessment meeting (MIAM) and have a form completed by the mediator to show you have considered mediation. The charge for this meeting and completing the form is £90 including VAT but free if you qualify for legal aid.