Fixed Fees for Advice About Mediation (Children Issues)
Fixed fees for advice about mediation (children issues)
Mediation is often a very effective way to try to resolve issues relating to your children following divorce or separation.
We offer a free initial consultation, which is an opportunity for you to meet one of our family law specialists and explain your situation. We will advise you of your options and let you know the likely costs involved.
Mediation has a very high success rate in helping separated couples reach agreement, even when their positions are a very long way apart when they enter the mediation process. You may need legal advice before you start mediation and as the mediation progresses. We can advise you about about the right sort of proposals to put forward, and whether a proposed agreement is in your best interests.
Legal aid may be available to pay for a limited amount of legal advice about mediation if you are on a low income and don’t have too much savings or other capital. If you don’t qualify for legal aid we will provide you with the legal advice you need for a fixed fee.
Find out about our fixed fees for advice about mediation for financial and property issues.
We feel it is essential that we meet you face to face at an early stage in the process. This might be before or after you have your first mediation meeting. This way we get to know you well and we get to understand your particular worries and priorities. It also gives you a chance to meet the solicitor who will be acting for you and make sure that you feel comfortable with him or her. READ MORE...
At the initial meeting we would usually discuss your own situation with you, touching on issues relating to yourself, your children and your finances. We would usually be able to give you some helpful advice on these issues which is personalised to your own situation and to answer any particular questions which are worrying you.We usually expect the initial meeting to take about an hour, and most of our clients say that they find it very helpful indeed. If you cannot come to our office because you live overseas the meeting can take the form of a long telephone call.
Following the meeting we will usually send you some written information about the topics we have discussed, but the fee does not include a letter or e-mail confirming the advice we have given you individually nor does it include any other steps, for example writing to your husband or wife or his/her solicitor.
Advice during mediation and about the agreement you reach – £300
During the mediation process your mediator may recommend you to take advice about a particular question which arises, or you may feel that you want to take advice even though it has not been recommended. If the process is successful and you reach an agreement the agreement will be recorded in a “memorandum of understanding” which your mediator will prepare.Your mediator may recommend you to seek advice about the memorandum of understanding and you are not committed to it until you have done so. Usually it is not necessary to get the memorandum of understanding agreed in the form of a court order or in a formal separation agreement.What is included in our fixed fee for advice about mediation (children issues)?
£300 fixed fee includes:-
- E-mails or telephone conversations to discuss things which come up during the mediation process.
- A meeting to discuss your memorandum of understanding.
- Advice about any important points which may have been overlooked.
- Advice about the “merits” of the agreement you have reached and whether there are any points you should consider renegotiating.
- A letter to your husband/wife or his/her solicitor confirming the terms of the agreement reached.
- A letter or e-mail of advice to you confirming the advice we have given you.
The fixed fee does not include:-
- The initial meeting (see above).
- More than one face to face meeting with us after the initial meeting. If you need more meetings we will agree an extra charge.
- Advice about mediation conducted by a mediator who is not properly accredited by NFM or another nationally recognized family mediation organisation.
- Attempting to renegotiate the terms of the agreement you have reached or to negotiate agreement on points which have been missed.
- Drawing up a court order or negotiating a separation agreement confirming the arrangements you have agreed.
Ready to speak to one of our specialist family lawyers? Your first appointment is free.
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Family Law Specialist
Family Law Specialist
Family Law Specialist