There are many reasons why you might choose mediation to resolve your disputes, for example it’s usually quicker and cheaper than going through the court process. Mediation is a conversation between you and your ex partner, with the help of an impartial third party (the mediator). The mediator helps you discuss the issues in dispute and reach a solution that works for both sides. They don’t provide legal advice, but they may give you some guidance to help you come up with solutions. Mediation is also confidential, so anything said in mediation is not shared with the other side unless agreed by you both.
At Coles Miller, we charge a fixed fee for your mediation session, which includes the initial telephone call assessment and joint mediation meeting. This rate is per person and includes VAT where applicable. We will explain all the costs to you before your MIAM and again at the end of the process so there are no surprises. We will also explain what additional charges might be made for the preparation of documentation such as an Open Financial Statement or Memorandum of Understanding (if required).
You should note that if you choose to continue with solicitors throughout your proceedings, then you must still attend a MIAM and this is compulsory – unless there are safety issues or abuse concerns. The cost of the MIAM is £100+VAT and can be claimed back as legal aid.
Your mediation sessions are generally held at our offices in Leeds and Harrogate. We can arrange to meet with you in other locations if necessary but this will be an extra travel and accommodation expense for both parties.
In most cases, you will first meet your mediator individually before the joint mediation session. This is to enable your mediator to get an overview of the issues and to find out if mediation is suitable for you both.
During the joint mediation session, you will usually sit in the same room together to calmly discuss your points of agreement and points of difference. You can agree to have the mediator go back and forth between you if you feel this is appropriate, but this can take longer and makes the process more expensive. If you have children, your mediator may speak to them as well.
After the mediation, your mediator will draft a document called a Memorandum of Understanding which summarises your resolutions and matters discussed in mediation. This can then be taken to a solicitor and made into a legally binding court order if you wish.
At the end of your mediation, you and your ex will sign this document. Depending on your situation, it can either be used to apply for a divorce or a Children Arrangements Order. Alternatively, you can use it to agree a Parenting Plan or financial settlement. Often, these documents are then filed with your divorce petition or C100 application. If you would like further information about the costs of mediation, please contact Adrienne at Devon & Exeter Mediation Practice. mediation costs uk