'Access to Mediation'


Access to Mediation

"I'd like to try mediation but I just can't afford it...."

"It's cheaper to go to Court...."

Not always!

Going to Court is never easy.  The application form alone is 25 pages long and needs to be filled in carefully, with three copies sent to the court.  (If there are any technical errors your form may be returned to you.) You then have to wait for a court date. This takes about four weeks.  You may also need the services of a solicitor to support you in court.  If the court calls for a further report this can take up to sixteen weeks.   

If there is any chance that your case may be suitable for mediation why not give it a go? We can usually offer the first MIAM appointment within a few days, to get the ball rolling.


Access to Mediation Q&A

Who is it for?

In order to be eligible one parent needs to have an annual income of under £30,000 (or £2,500 per month).  The service is for parents who would like to mediate but feel they can't afford it at full cost.

What are the aims?

Put simply: to help keep parents in a child's life.  The aim is also to help keep parents out of court so that they can make their own decisions about their own children rather than asking a judge to do it.

How much does it cost? What are the savings?

Access to Mediation costs £60 for the initial appointments (45 minutes each) and  £75 each for a one-hour mediation session.  This makes a total cost of £270 including VAT.  The standard cost would be £480.

Is it cheaper than going to court?

Yes.  As a guide, the costs of going to court (including attending a compulsory mediation appointment) work out at around £335. Add to that the time taken to fill in the 25 page application form and the costs of having a solicitor to help you.

However, the costs aren't just financial as in some cases it can take up to six months to get a decision in court.

How soon can I have an appointment?

We hope to be able to offer you an initial appointment (on your own) within a week.  We can then contact the other parent to make an appointment.  After that, if you both want to go ahead we will set up your mediation session without delay. You can secure an appointment for a £30 deposit.

Where does it take place?

At present 'Access to Mediation' is only available at our St Albans office but is open to parents living anywhere.

If Access to Mediation is of interest to you, or to someone you know, you can find more information on our website. Alternatively, please give the office a ring on 01727 812464.  We are always happy to help.

We are promoting Access to Mediation as part of our social enterprise programme with the aim of bringing the advantages of mediation to as many people as possible. 





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