9. What Savings Can I Anticipate from Mediation?

The total cost of mediation combined with lawyers' fees is often less than one-third the cost of a divorce settlement negotiated by counsel.

For middle-class W-2 employees with children, total mediation fees are usually in the $2,000 to $3,000 range.  This includes four to five 90-minute sessions, preparation of child support guidelines and a parenting plan, a description of the division of your division of assets and liabilities, and the time to write your Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  If you don't have children, you might be able to complete the mediation process in three sessions; if you have a complex case, you might need more than five sessions.  It has been reported that attorneys charge lower retainer fees for mediated divorce cases, with retainer fees typically in the $1,500 to $3,000 range for W-2 type cases.  Your fees with your attorney are independent of your mediation fees, are set by the attorney, and are paid directly to the attorney you choose.  We can provide your MOU to your attorney in Word format so that they can use the information to prepare your Property Settlement Agreement (PSA) efficiently.

8. What Fees/Costs Can I Anticipate from Mediation with Your Practice?

Our billing rate of $350 an hour is below the industry average, especially considering you are getting 2 mediators for that fee.

Almost all chargeable hours except the drafting of the Memorandum of Understanding, occur during session time, organically creating the least number of billable hours to you.

The cost of your mediation will depend on the number of hours worked on your case and the number of sessions we meet. Factors that can add to the amount of sessions include but are not limited to; the complexity of your case, the timely production of your documents, the level of conflict, and your willingness to come to an agreement.  In mediation, there are no retainer fees, and you pay for each session on a pay as you go basis, allowing you to maintain control of the expenses of your case.

7. What if I Am Already Involved in a litigation?

It is never too late to move from the litigation process to mediation - to use mediation to address those remaining issues that would benefit from a focus on interests not positions. It is never too late to change the tenor of your dispute resolution process to one that treats the other party with respect.

6. What are Some Advantages of Mediation?

Mediation helps promote cooperation and self-determination - results that will continue to reap benefits well past the period of controversy.

The process helps eliminate the win-lose atmosphere that is part of many disputes.  Other advantages of mediation over litigation include:

- Mediation is generally faster and less costly
- Mediation is voluntary, private and confidential
- Mediation facilitates creative and realistic solutions
- Mediation allows parties to control their agreements
- Mediation provides a forum for addressing future disputes
- Mediation fosters communication and helps mend relationships