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 can help. Aside from avoiding an emotional and time-consuming
court battle, it saves you thousands of dollars at a time when you need everything you can to live separately on the same income.
Saving You Time, Money, Sanity
Most divorce mediators charge by the hour. The rates can vary greatly, from around $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” petition.
The first meeting lasts up to an hour and a half, and there’s a charge of $150. If you decide to go forward, this payment is applied to the total fee. You can be confident that we’ll take the time so that you don’t feel rushed. You’ll have as much time as you like to decide if mediation is right for you and if we’re the right fit for each other.
Want an Estimate of Your Cost?
If you’d like an estimate of what your mediation would cost, please call me at
978-851-2444. I’d be happy to speak with you. There’s no charge for the call, and I answer my own phone. So you won’t get caught in voice-mail hell or be asked the dreaded “may I tell him what this is about?”
If I’m not available, I’ll get back to you as soon as I can, normally 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 you sign all the papers.