What is Mediation?
The typical mediation can be completed in significantly less time than it will take your case to process through the legal system, which means much less legal fees and less opportunity for conflict to arise. I do, however, recommend that the parties each have independent legal counsel to review any agreement we reach in mediation.
Mediation allows the participants to negotiate an agreement that is uniquely suited to their needs and lifestyles. The mediation process is driven almost exclusively by the participants and provides not only a safe forum to address concerns and issues that, if not dealt with, could hinder the participants' relationship in the future, but also allows the parties to draft an agreement that they can both live with, which will likely lead to a longer lasting agreement and greatly reduce the need for potential court modification actions. Mediation is also typically much less expensive than litigation and fosters a more cooperative relationship between the parties.
The Cost of Mediation
My hourly rate is $250.00 per hour, and a typical mediation takes between 5-10 hours of work, which includes the mediation sessions as well as a written agreement. That means your divorce could be accomplished for between $1,000.00 and $2,000.00, which is significantly less expensive than if the parties were each to hire their own lawyers. (The average cost of a litigated divorce is between $3,000.00 - $7,000 for one of the parties. I do, however, recommend that the parties each have independent legal counsel to review any agreement we reach in mediation.