Managing Cost and Duration of Divorce Mediation
In our experience, the cost of divorce mediation depends on two factors: (1) the inherent complexity of the issues; and, (2) the level of cooperation and communication between the spouses.
When couples can exchange information and discuss options between mediation sessions, the mediation process can progress rapidly. Such mediations might require just two or three sessions. However, five or six two-hour sessions is more typical. Once the couple has completed their decision-making, the mediator drafts the marital settlement agreement, and then another session is held to review the document.
Mediation is billed at an hourly rate, and the cost of a complete mediation (orientation, mediation sessions, and the drafting and revising of a comprehensive agreement) typically ranges from $4,000 to $10,000. During the orientation session, we will ask about your situation and then be able to give you a better estimate of your likely mediation costs.
There are four common pathways couples can take to obtain a divorce agreement with professional assistance. A study by the Boston Law Collaborative which offers all four processes lists the average cost (combined for both people) for each process as follows:
$ Mediation: $6613; Mediation with attorney consultation and review of the agreement: $15,671
$$ Collaborative Law (a process involving collaboratively-trained attorneys, neutral financial experts and coaches): $39,445
$$$ Attorney-negotiated Settlement: $53,660
$$$$ Litigation: $155,492
We are happy to discuss the various options available to you.