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 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” divorce.
You and your spouse come together to the first meeting. It lasts an hour, and there’s a charge of $75. You can be confident that I’ll take the time you need so 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.
Cost for Mediation
The basic mediation “package” consists of:
1. Initial meeting of an hour to discuss mediation and the matters that you need to resolve;
2. Second meeting of up to two hours. This meeting is often needed to discuss further any remaining unresolved issues;
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, and all the other papers that you need for a joint “no-fault” divorce;
3. Third meeting is for signing all papers (about a half hour). 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 for this package is $1,650. Your total cost may be less or more.
The basic mediation package is common, but your cost may be different. It may be greater or it may be less. It depends on your particular circumstances and (very important) on how much you agree or disagree on matters. Whatever the case, I’ll give you a written quote for a fixed fee.
Please call me at 978-851-2444 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 or hear 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, usually within an hour or two. Thanks.
Payment MethodsYou 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.