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
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.
You and your spouse are welcome to schedule a free,
one-hour meeting to discuss divorce mediation.
This gives you a no-risk opportunity to decide if mediation is right for you.
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.
Cost for Mediation
A basic mediation consists of two meetings of two hours each,
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;
The final meeting (about a half hour) is for signing all 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 for this package is $1,650. IMPORTANT: your total
cost may be less or more. It depends on your particular circumstances
and (very important) 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 978-851-2444 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.