Family Law Mediation Fees
Every case is unique, and we will endeavour to find a solution that is proportionate in all the circumstances. Please contact us to discuss your case and we can find a cost-proportionate solution for you.
Factors that will determine the cost of any mediation typically include:
- the choice of mediator or mediators (if co-mediation is required)
- the number of parties and participants in the mediation
- the duration of the mediation
- the mode of the mediation (we offer in-person, online and hybrid services)
- the venue of the mediation (if not online)
- the value and complexity of the dispute
In all cases, you will be appointed a dedicated case manager who will support the parties and the mediator throughout. Case management services include:
- providing a single point of service for all participants
- selection and appointment of the mediator
- booking and management of venues and other facilities required
- administration services ensuring all papers are received and sent on time, events are scheduled, and formal documents prepared and executed
- technical support for both pre-mediations and the mediation ensuring seamless use of technology where required
The Case Manager attends to all Case Management and administration efficiently and effectively, allowing our Mediators to focus on what they do best. This delivers better overall value and service to parties who choose to use our services.
No administrative or procedural steps will be taken by the FDR Centre in relation to the appointment of a Mediator until the Preliminary Payment has been paid in full.
For the purpose of calculating the value of the dispute, the Parties must include GST, value added tax, or any other similar tax which might apply.
Interest will not be taken into account unless the interest claims exceed the aggregate principal amount, in which case the Mediation Fee will be calculated on the value of the interest claim alone.
The Preliminary Payment for Mediation includes all advance preparation time and attendances by the Mediator at a Mediation session for one Day or part Day (a Day is defined as the 8.0-hour period between 9.00am and 5.00pm on any given Day of the year). Any extra time required for attendances on the duties of the Mediation beyond 8.0 hours on any one Day is charged on an hourly basis. The Preliminary Payment also includes a non-refundable administration fee of $1,250.00 which amount is payable in full, whether or not the claim is settled, or the Mediation Agreement is withdrawn by the Parties, or a Settlement Agreement is made prior to the Mediation.
The Preliminary Payment does not include the usage, hire, and cost of facilities and support services for or in connection with the Mediation.
Supplementary Advances - Disbursements
During the course of the Mediation, the FDR Centre may from time to time request one or several further supplementary, interim, and/or final advances and deposits from the Parties towards the Fees or Expenses of the Mediation, incurred or to be incurred on behalf of, or for the benefit of, the Parties. All such advances are to be paid into the trust account of the FDR Centre on demand.
Any interest which may accrue on such deposits will be retained by the FDR Centre as its own property.
If any required deposit or advance is not paid in full within three Days after receipt of the request, the Registrar will so inform the Parties in order that one or another of them may make the required payment. If payment is not made within a further three Days, the Registrar may order the suspension or termination of the Mediation.
As soon as practicable after the Mediation is concluded, the FDR Centre will render a final statement of accounting to the Parties and will reimburse any unexpended balance of the security monies to the Parties in the proportions paid by each Party, unless otherwise directed by the Parties.
When is payment required?
A Supplementary Payment will be required to be made at least five Days prior to the first scheduled Mediation session, towards the expected Fees and Expenses of the Mediation, including Mediation Fees where more than one Day is anticipated to be required, and/or to meet Expenses incurred or to be incurred on behalf of, or for the benefit of, the Parties.
A Further Supplementary Payment will be required to be made if the Fees and Expenses payable in relation to the Mediation are greater than the security held.
The Parties must pay any Supplementary Payment within three Days of receipt of notification by the FDR Centre of such additional Fees and Expenses.
The FDR Centre will generally require payment of all Fees and Expenses in advance of delivery of the Mediation services. No administrative or procedural steps will be taken by the FDR Centre or the Mediator while any payment is outstanding under these Rules.
Liability for payment
However, and notwithstanding any agreement as between the Parties, the Parties will at all times be jointly and severally liable for the Mediation Fees and Expenses, together with any additional costs howsoever incurred by the FDR Centre in recovering any overdue monies on a full indemnity basis.
Methods of payment
Payment of all FDR Centre Fees and Expenses may be made by direct credit, bank transfer, or by credit card (Visa and MasterCard only). A merchant transaction fee of 2.95% is payable in addition to the published FDR Centre Fee for all credit card payments.
All Fees, Expenses, and costs related to the Mediation will be invoiced in New Zealand dollars, but may be paid in other convertible currencies at rates prevailing at the time of payment, provided that any transfer and/or currency exchange charges must be borne by the payer.
If such notice is received, or termination is made, five Days or less from and including the date of the scheduled Mediation session, the FDR Centre may charge a Cancellation Fee in the amount of 75% of the Mediation daily rate for the entire period of time set aside for attendances on the Mediation.
In the event that the dispute is settled, or the Mediation Agreement is withdrawn by the Parties, the Mediation Fees and Expenses incurred prior to that date, including any entitlement to Cancellation Fees, will be deducted from the amount paid as security for the Mediation.
The balance of the security monies will be refunded to the Parties in the proportions in which the security payment has been made, unless the Parties agree otherwise and instruct the FDR Centre accordingly in writing within five Days of notice of settlement or withdrawal of the Mediation Agreement.
In the event that the Mediation Fees and Expenses are greater than the amount held as security, the Parties must pay the balance within three Days of receipt of notification by the FDR Centre of such additional Fees and Expenses.