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Cost of Mediation

Posted by admin on April 27th, 2006

When it comes to the cost of mediation, it really depends on the exact type of mediation that you may require. If the court offers mediation then they can waive the cost or decide which spouse should pay for the costs incurred or if both will pay equally.

If you make the decision to use a mediator then you and your spouse will be responsible for the cost. Normally mediation costs are based on an hourly rate or can be done as a flat fee. Either way most of the time mediation is cheaper in the end than litigations.

The type of mediation you choose can also have a big effect on the cost. All the costs are now based on the style of mediation your mediator uses. The main three functions that the cost are based on include the initial setup charge, the amount of time you spend in mediation and the hourly fee that the mediator charges. At this time, mediators are charging between $100 to $300 per hour. So, according to how much time is spent in mediation your bill can be very high.

When you and your spouse are headed for mediation be sure, you have everything planned out so the time spent with a mediator can be very little. You will also need to decide what type of mediator you will need, there are accountants that normally mediate for businesses and companies, but if you have joint business adventures you may wish to have an accountant as a mediator to ensure that the family owned businesses are divided to your satisfaction. Most mediators are therapists. They can be very sensitive to everyone, compassionate to your feelings, and work to get results handled in a timely manner. Therapists that have dealt with divorce cases are usually the best when it comes to helping couples work through their disagreements easily and quickly. Christian Fundamentalists will also mediate, but many times they work at trying to save the marriage more than working through the process to get the divorce handled.

As you can see, according to what type of mediation you need and whether it is ordered by the court, you can be looking at paying nothing to several thousands of dollars. All of this is according to how much time is spent in mediation and how much the mediator charges per hour. However, in the long run you will be spending less than if you went to court.

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