Costs of Mediation
Mediation can be an effective and efficient way to resolve conflicts in a divorce, however, many people worry about the costs of mediation when deciding what route to take. However, using mediation in a divorce, custody or other family law process can actually reduce overall costs. Mediators can help resolve disputes more efficiently, which typically costs less than standard litigation. The mediation process tends to be informal and voluntary, which means you aren’t held to paying for time that’s associated with court hearings and pleadings. Because attorneys aren’t as involved as they would be in a litigated settlement, you likely won’t incur as many costs. Sometimes, you may not need to hire an attorney at all!
Mediation professionals, like Vener Family Law, typically charge hourly rates for their services. Instead of paying two lawyers to “duke it out” for an undetermined amount of time, you’ll simply work with a mediator on their specific fee schedule. Vener Family Law and Mediation offers an initial half-hour information session at no charge as a courtesy to understand your needs. The costs of mediation can range depending on the mediator’s experience and location, though you’ll typically see hourly rates between $150 - $300. Vener Family Law’s hourly rate, is $200.
The costs of mediation typically pale in comparison to resolving conflict through the litigation. While you will still need to pay filing fees, you will not need to attend any court proceedings or have any additional costly hearings and trials that often accompany litigated divorces. Think about it: at each hearing in a litigated settlement you be responsible for retaining a lawyer and paying an hourly rate of at least $250. In addition, The court system most often moves incredibly slowly, which means you’ll spend more on lawyer’s fees and likely need to take off work, which would be an additional cost to you.
Working with a mediator can reduce the amount of time you spend resolving a conflict. In addition, many mediators will try to work with your schedule, so you can meet on your own terms instead of having to upend your life to make a court date. The benefits of a less stressful and more efficient resolution to conflict far outweigh the costs of mediation. If you’re looking for a trained professional to assist with mediation, contact Vener Family Law.