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 an emotional and time-consuming battle, and it saves you thousands of dollars at a time when you need everything you can to live separately on the same income.
Save your time, money, and sanity
Most divorce mediators charge by the hour. The rates vary greatly, from $200 to $350+ per hour . Very few mediators will set a fixed fee. They’ll tell you that the time needed is unpredictable, and there’s some truth to that. But that doesn’t help you with the anxiety you’re already feeling.
I take a different approach. After our first meeting, I’ll give you a written proposal 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.
The first meeting with you and your spouse lasts an hour and a half, and there’s a charge of $150. This charge is applied to the total fee if you decide to go forward with mediation.
Before we meet, I’ll send you a questionnaire to complete. We’ll go over what you’ve already agreed on, and discuss anything you haven’t resolved. I’ll be happy to answer any questions you have. You can then decide if mediation is right for you.
The Mediation “Package”
The mediation package consists of the first meeting of an hour and a half, a second meeting that lasts two hours, plus a final meeting for signing all the papers.
We’ll explore all the issues you need to resolve for a solid divorce agreement. 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 the third 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 $1,850. IMPORTANT: your total cost may differ. It depends on your particular circumstances and on how much you agree or disagree on matters. Whatever the case, at the end of our first meeting, I’ll give you a written quote for a fixed fee.
Please call me at 978.319.0575 if you have any questions about fees or anything else. There’s no charge for the call. I answer my own phone, so you won’t get caught in voice-mail hell. If I’m not available, I’ll get back to you as soon as I can, usually within an hour or two. Thanks.
You may pay by check, cash, debit, or credit card. Normally, half the fee is paid in advance, with the balance paid when everything is completed and you sign all the papers.