The average total cost of divorce mediation is $2,000 to $8,000 or $150 to $500 per hour. Most mediators charge per hour, but some have a flat fee for simple services. Using a mediator for a divorce costs less than hiring lawyers but is only successful if both parties are willing to compromise. Mediation includes the following services:
Divorce mediation is when a professional, neutral mediator helps you and your spouse negotiate the terms of your divorce. Mediation happens one or more sessions. After the terms are settled, the mediator completes the divorce paperwork and files it for you at a local courthouse.
Most couple choose to pay for divorce mediation through a joint bank account. Some couples choose to split the cost equally. In this case, an average mediation would cost $1,000 to $4,000 per person. Sometimes, a higher-earning spouse may agree to pay for mediation.
Mediation is a good alternative to a litigated divorce and may save you time and money in the long run. Professionals typically do not recommend divorce mediation if any of the following apply to you:
Most divorce mediation cases take 3 to 6 months. The number of sessions that a couple may need depends on the complexity of their case, the willingness of both spouses to compromise, and how often their schedules allow them to meet. If one or both spouses cannot compromise in vital issues like custody or asset division, the mediation will not progress.
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