Costs

Costs

Oxfordshire Family Mediation is able to keep fees to clients to a minimum as it is a not-for-profit business,  with some funding coming from a combination of donations and grants.  We seek to offer professional mediation services at the lowest fees possible as we know how much difference our service makes to our clients and their children.

Fees - According to Income

Thanks to our wonderful supporters many of our services are free of charge. Please enquire

Mediation Fees

Mediation may be free if you are eligible for Legal Aid which is still available for certain clients at Oxfordshire Family Mediation.

1. Initial introductory meetings and MIAMs for fee-paying clients are £85 incl. VAT.

2. Mediation meetings

Charges are for each 90-minute mediation session per person. There are no extra charges for administration between sessions such as telephone calls, texts, session summaries etc.

Please ask regarding current charges for the preparation of your Open Statement of Financial Information and Memorandum of Understanding in financial and property cases.

Please refer to the following table for current charges per person per session. You are likely to need 2 – 4 mediation sessions, depending on the issues you want to discuss. 


Salary Band

Child Only Cases, Net Cost, £   

  incl vat, £

All Issues P&F cases. Net Cost, £  

  incl vat, £

<£25k

  90.00

108.00

100.00

120.00

>£25k -£75k

125.00

150.00

150.00

180.00

£75,001 + 141.70 170.00 166.70 200.00

 

Legal Aid funding and mediation

If you or your ex-partner is eligible for Legal Aid funding then the Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) is free to both and, NOW, so is the first of your mediation sessions.

The Legal Aid Agency (formerly the Legal Services Commission) (http://www.justice.gov.uk/contacts/legal-aid-agency) funds legal aid in the UK on behalf of the Government. We will tell you at your introductory meeting, or MIAM if you are eligible. In addition, you can try the Legal Aid Eligibility calculator to test whether you are likely to be eligible for legal aid.

If you qualify for free mediation, the cost does not have to be repaid at any time in the future (unlike the Statutory Charge which may apply to public funding for legal advice). Additionally, free mediation does not ‘use up’ any Public Funding for work done by your solicitor. Where children are involved, this applies whether you are or have been married or not.

Although the rules on legal aid are changing, the Government is currently committed to funding mediation for eligible clients.

The Legal Aid Agency will not pay for mediation services for people who earn above the threshold income, and so we need to charge fees to cover our costs. Even so, mediation will usually be cheaper than going to court, or pursuing matters solely through a solicitor. We do not charge for producing or receiving paperwork or making telephone calls, and we charge fees according to income, as we would like to make mediation accessible to everyone.

The Means Test

We perform a means test on every client we meet and we cannot avoid this step.  The purpose of the means test is to assess whether or not you qualify for legal aid and, if not, what the charges will be.

! Important - Required documentation  

For the financial assessment, we need you to bring documents that show your total income for the four week period up to the date of your first individual appointment.   The mediator can then help you by making a calculation based on your income and your regular outgoing bills (such as housing and childcare costs) to see if you qualify, or how much you would pay on our scale of fees.

The specific documents that will enable us make the assessment for free mediation are as follows:

Everyone –bank statements covering the four week period before your assessment meeting i.e. If your appointment is on November 16th, we would need a bank statement covering October 15th to November 15th. Print-outs from online bank accounts are acceptable, as long as they are not in Excel Spreadsheet format and can be clearly identified with the bank’s logo, and your account details.

If you are employed -  A payslip covering the last month, or four consecutive weekly payslips covering the last four weeks

If you are on benefits (income-based rather than contribution-based) - Bring the 4-page document or a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions advising you of your entitlement.   If you also receive Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit, bring a letter advising you of entitlement, which must be less than 6 months old.

If  you are self-employed -  your last self-assessment tax return with accompanying accounts, and working accounts for the four weeks before the meeting, showing withdrawals and income.

If you have a new partner and are sharing income and expenditure, you will need the same documents relating to their income.

We photocopy these documents and then give them back. The copies are stored securely with your file and provided to the Legal Services Commission, if requested, to confirm your status. We keep all files securely for 6 years after closure, at which point they will be shredded.

 

Click here to download our mediation referral form