INITIAL CONSULTATION – Free.
HOURLY RATE – Hourly Rate – This fee applies to my time in mediation, going over legal documents, financial statements, writing up parenting plans and court filings.
COMPARE THE COST OF MEDITATION TO A COURTROOM – It is not uncommon for a divorce that goes to Court, where each spouse has an attorney representing them, to cost between $50,000. and $80,000. Certainly thousands of divorces each year, cost much more. The average divorce that is mediated, ranges from $ 3,000., to $ 8,000. Certainly, there are mediated divorces that cost more. Especially if there is a business and numerous properties involved. But one thing is certain, quite literally….
The average mediated divorce is 1/10 the cost of a litigated divorce.
YOU HAVE CONTROL OVER THE COST – How long mediation takes, and therefore , what it costs, is up to you. You will be made aware of where you stand with your bill: how many hours of mediation we have had, and what funds will be needed in order to schedule more time in mediation. Along with clear communication, you will receive monthly statements. My job, as a mediator, is to assist you in moving carefully, yet efficiently through the mediation process. You are in control of how much money you want to spend. You are in control of how much time you need for moving through the necessary and important issues with your divorce.
If you so choose, you are encouraged to consult with your attorney. It may not be necessary to consult with an attorney. Most couples in mediation do not necessarily feel compelled to consult with an outside attorney. But we do not discourage this option. We can direct you to one, who would be willing to advise you, any step of the way.