Divorce Mediation Fees
The average Massachusetts court-involved 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 and draining battle. And it saves you thousands at a time when you need all you can to move on with your life.
Most divorce mediators charge by the hour. The rates vary, from $200 to $400 per hour. They’ll tell you that there’s no way to predict the total cost. Maybe there’s some truth to that, but that doesn’t help you or 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.
The first meeting lasts an hour and a half. Before we meet, I’ll send you two forms to complete so that our meeting is as productive as possible.The charge is $150, which is applied to the total fee if you decide to proceed with mediation.
The Mediation Package
The package includes three meetings and preparing all the documents you’ll need to file a joint “no-fault” divorce.The first meeting lasts an hour and a half, the second up to 2 hours. The final meeting, for signing all the papers and preparing you for court, lasts an hour.
We’ll discuss everything you need for a solid divorce agreement. If you get stuck, I’m happy to suggest options. Once you come to terms on everything, I’ll draft a divorce agreement and any revisions, along with the petition, financial statements, and all the other papers you need for a “no-fault” divorce.
At our final meeting, you sign all your papers, and I’ll give you detailed written guidance for court — where you go, what you do, and what you can expect.
The cost of the complete mediation package is $2,200. Half is paid in advance, and the balance is paid when you sign all your papers.
Payment may be by check, cash, debit, or credit card.