What does mediation cost?

A processing charge is charged for mediation in the same manner as for any other matter dealt with by the court.

The parties may engage the services of a legal counsel if they so wish. In that case, the parties must pay for the counsel's fee and other expenses themselves instead of claiming them from the opposing party.If a party has, based on his or her economic situation, been granted legal aid, the expenses for a legal counsel are paid by the State either partially or in full in accordance with the legal aid decision. Legal aid is applied for at a legal aid office.

If the mediator with the parties' consent uses an expert assistant in the mediation, the parties shall pay for the expert's fee and other expenses. However, in mediation of custody disputes, the use of an expert assistant assigned by the municipality is free of charge for the parents.