Cost of divorce mediation
Most divorce mediation cases with Dann Johns, Divorce Mediator & Attorney, cost between $3,900 and $5,900 and include:
- discussing and deciding divorce topics,
- signing a postnuptial agreement, and
- filing for a Pennsylvania divorce decree.
If spouses need only the three services listed above (true for about 45% of couples I assist) their mediation divorce will cost between $3,900 and $4,700. The exact cost within that range depends on where the divorce decree will be filed, as filing fees vary by Pennsylvania county.
A divorce mediation case will cost more than $3,900 to $4,700 if spouses want or need additional services, for example:
- Spouses who agree to a house buyout (one spouse keeping the home) may need a Deed.
- Spouses who decide to divide or withdraw funds from a retirement account may need a QDRO.
- Parents who need to document child support to qualify for a lease or mortgage may need a Child Support Agreement.
- Parents concerned about a child's relocation, school district, or schedule may want a Child Custody Agreement.
NOTE: Neither a Child Support Agreement nor a Child Custody Agreement is required for a Pennsylvania divorce.
Fees and needed services are discussed during a free consultation about divorce mediation, then detailed in a written estimate. This way, wives and husbands know in advance what their entire mediation divorce will cost.
Even if spouses need additional services mentioned above, 98% of divorce mediation cases in my office cost less than $5,900.
Payment terms for a mediation divorce
Lump sum payment is not required. Spouses pay as they go:
- When spouses ask to start, they pay a fee that covers all divorce mediation sessions.
- When spouses ask for drafting of legal documents, that is when they pay a per document fee for drafting.
- When both spouses are ready to file for a Pennsylvania divorce decree, the filing fee is paid at that time.
Pay-as-you-go fees give spouses the option to spread the cost of a mediation divorce over whatever time works best for them.
Are hourly fees a thing
in divorce mediation?
Some mediators charge hourly fees. Here is why I do not:
- Hourly fees cause stress, making spouses feel they have to rush to make decisions. Nobody needs that kind of pressure.
- Hourly fees are unpredictable. Many divorcing couples prefer knowing upfront what their mediation divorce will cost.
My fees are set per service, not per hour. So, wives and husbands can take as much time as they need in mediation to discuss and decide important issues.
When the time comes to pay, these forms payment are accepted:
- MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express
- Personal check