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.
Save your time, money, and sanity
Most divorce mediators charge by the hour.The rates vary greatly, from $200 to $400 per hour. Very few mediators will give you a fixed fee. 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.
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.
At our first meeting, we’ll discuss any matters you haven’t resolved. I’ll answer any questions you may have. You can then decide if mediation is right for you.
The first meeting lasts an hour and a half, and the charge is $150. This payment is applied to the total fee if you decide to proceed with mediation.
The “Mediation Package”
The mediation package consists of meeting for up to two hours (in either one or two sessions) following our first meeting, and 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 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 $1,850. 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 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. Half the fee is paid in advance, with the balance due when everything is completed and you sign all the papers.