Divorce Mediation Fees
The average court-involved Massachusetts divorce costs $15,900, including $12,600 in attorney fees. And that’s an average. Half the people spend more!
Mediation is different. It allows you to avoid a prolonged, draining battle. And it saves you thousands at a time when you need all you can to get on with your new life.
Most divorce mediators charge by the hour.The rates vary, from $200 to $400 per hour. They’ll tell you that there’s no way to predict the time that’s needed. Maybe there’s some truth to that, but that doesn’t help your anxiety level. What will be your final cost?
I take a different approach. After our first meeting, I’ll give you a written outline that includes one charge for everything, including mediation sessions, preparing your agreement, and drafting all the papers you’ll need to file a joint “no-fault” divorce.
First Meeting-No Charge
The first meeting lasts a half hour, and there’s no charge. We’ll discuss mediation and any questions you have. You can decide if mediation is right for you, and whether you think we’re a good “fit.”
Please call me at #978-319-0575 or e-mail me (see Contact Me, below) to schedule a meeting.
The Mediation “Package”
The mediation package consists of three meetings. The first and second meetings last up to 2 hours each. The final meeting, for signing all the papers, lasts about a half hour.
We’ll explore all the issues you need to resolve for a solid divorce agreement. I’ll help you complete the required court financial statement, and I’ll suggest solutions if you’re stuck on anything. Then I’ll draft a divorce agreement, communicate with you about revisions, prepare the joint petition, affidavit, financial statements, and the other papers that you need for a joint “no-fault” divorce.
At our final meeting to sign all your papers, I’ll notarize your signatures and give you written instructions about court–where you go,what you do, and what you can expect.
The total cost is $1,900.00. The cost may differ, especially if you need an additional mediation session. But I’ve found that about 4 out of 5 couples can wrap everything up with the mediation package outlined above.
Please call me at 978-319-0575 if you’d like to discuss anything or to schedule a no-cost meeting. If I’m not available, I’ll get back to you as soon as I can, usually within an hour or two. Thanks.
Payment may be made by check, cash, debit, or credit card. Half the fee is payable in advance, and the balance is paid when you sign all your papers.