Does the Mediator Represent One Party or Both?
Mediators are there to help both parties come to an agreement. They cannot work for one side of the conflict, nor can they give you any legal advice, although a mediator may be an attorney, they are not YOUR attorney, they do not represent you. Mediators are the bridge between the gap between you and the other party, working to help both sides come to agreements on both big and small issues.
How Long Does Mediation Take?
Depending on the case, one mediation session can take from two hours up to a whole day. The length of the mediation process is all dependent upon how many issues need to be discussed and agreed upon, and the complexity of both the case and relationship of the two parties.
What are The Benefits of Mediation?
1. Usually costs less than litigation.
2. Allows for more personal control over decision making.
3. Private and confidential.
4. More than often helps to reduce hostility.
Can We Hire the Mediator to Prepare the Documents?
Yes! If you and your ex are not represented by attorneys, our office is happy to draft the paperwork. Our office is happy to assist in the process at any time from filing the Petition, to the finalization and filing of the Decree, to preparing and filing a Quit Claim Deed or Q.D.R.O. to transfer property in accordance with the Decree.
What Does the Mediation Process Look Like?
1. Meet with both parties to gain an understanding of your agreement and obtain any documents we believe are necessary to facilitate the same.
2. Both Parties sign a Mediation Agreement that employs our office to do this.
3. We begin filing a Petition and then a Waiver of Service.
4. We will then memorialize your agreement in a form acceptable to the court:
- First in the form of a Temporary Order, if necessary, that will be in place until the Decree is entered.
- Then in a Final Decree of Separation (or Dissolution of Marriage), Child support computation, Joint Custody Plan, Confidential Property Settlement Agree and Quit Claim deeds will be prepared if necessary.
5. It usually takes our office 2-3 visits of approximately 1-2 hours a piece to accomplish this, more if the case becomes more complex.
What is the Cost of Mediation?
The final cost of mediation is dependent on the amount of time it takes. We charge at the attorney's hourly rate of $300/hour and the paralegal's hourly rate of $100/hour for this work. Depending on the number of meetings with our office and the duration of said meetings, it is usually done for less than $3500 including filing fees and all cost, however, this amount could be more or less depending on the complexity of your case.