The average cost of going through a divorce or separation using a solicitor in the UK stands at £14,561 in legal fees and lifestyle costs*
The average cost of going through a divorce or separation using mediation with Emma Bradford & Co Mediation is approximately 15% of that figure at about £2,200.
*www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk – June 2021
There are several ways we work with people. All fees are charged per person attending the meeting.
First Assessment (MIAM)
The courts often ask couples to undertake a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM) and will regularly ask for this to be completed before an application is made. A meeting of this type lasts no more than one hour and our flat rate charge is £95 per person.
After a first assessment we can schedule one or several subsequent mediation meetings, depending on your circumstances. The more complex the discussions, the more sessions will be needed. The aim of this series of meetings is to reach practical conclusions in a cost-effective way.
Mediation Session with children
In some cases the children’s voices need to be heard, and we offer the option to facilitate a session which includes your child or children. We take great care to manage these sessions to achieve a calm and rational atmosphere, minimising the stress for the child involved.
Although many people worry about bringing children into a mediation session, we usually find it a very positive experience for the children involved, as it allows them to say how they feel and know that they have been listened to. Children are not asked to participate in decision-making – it is simply a chance for their voices to be heard in a situation in which they are intimately involved.
All fees are payable in advance of meetings. All MIAM meetings are held online but Mediation itself can be either in person or online. A summary table showing our fees is below. We do not charge VAT.
Legal aid is available for mediation but Emma Bradford Mediation Limited does not offer this service.
From 1st October 2023 our fees will change to:
*Please note that the price for in person mediation applies to sessions in Saffron Walden and Bishop's Stortford. There will be an additional £30 travel charge for sessions at our satellite offices.