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.
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 time that’s needed, and there’s some truth to that. But that doesn’t help your anxiety level. What will be your final cost?
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.
First Meeting-Your Choice
You have 2 choices for a first meeting.
1. Get acquainted. This is a 30-minute meeting for us to get acquainted and for you to learn about mediation. There’s no charge for this meeting.
2. In-depth. If you’d like to discuss your situation in depth, you can schedule a meeting that lasts an hour and a half. I’ll send you forms in advance to complete. The charge for this meeting is $150. The payment is applied to the fee if you decide to go forward with mediation.
The Mediation “Package”
The mediation package consists of three meetings. The first meeting is an hour and a half, and the second lasts up to 2 hours. The final meeting, for signing all the papers, lasts about a half hour.
We’ll discuss everything needed 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, talk 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, you sign all your papers, and I’ll give you detailed written guidance about court–where you go,what you do, and what you can expect.
The total cost is $1,900.00. The cost may be different 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’d like to discuss anything or to schedule a meeting. If I’m not available, I’ll get back to you as soon as I can, usually within an hour or two. Thanks.
Payment may be made by check, cash, debit, or credit card. Half the fee is payable in advance, and the balance is paid when you sign all your papers.