Timeframe and Cost In Divorce Mediation
Timeframe and Cost
Timeframe of divorce mediation generally entails 6 to 10 sessions depending on the complexity of the issues and your commitment to reaching agreement. Each session lasts one hour, but may be extended in any particular session if that’s deemed beneficial and productive. A weekly meeting schedule with your divorce mediator is typical, although you may sometimes want additional time between sessions to gather information or process options.
Cost and Payment
Divorce mediation generally runs about 6 to 12 hours, plus typically 2 to 3 hours for the divorce mediator to put together your Memorandum of Understanding. Since mediation prepares for an uncontested divorce, your legal fees will be dramatically less than a litigated divorce with divorce lawyers. During divorce mediation, your divorce lawyers act as legal advisors but don’t have to spend numerous hours preparing for trial as in a contested divorce. Since the mediator works for both of you, spouses typically share in the fee, paying proportionately to their means. Payment is made to the divorce mediator at the end of each session and 24-hours advance notice is usually necessary for cancellations to avoid a charge for the divorce mediation session.
The benefits of divorce mediation are powerful and clear:
- Divorce mediation saves you considerable time and money.
- Divorce mediation makes you more committed to the agreement since it is you who works through it instead of your divorce attorneys.
- Divorce mediation gives you a sense of control over the process and allows you to maintain your dignity.
- You—not a judge—determine what is fair distribution of assets/liabilities, spousal support, custody, parenting time, and child support.
- Divorce mediation helps you learn to talk to each other, enhancing communication for a more cooperative future relationship.
- By applying the principle of fairness, mediation maximizes the benefits for everyone and proportionally distributes the sacrifices.
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