How much does divorce mediation cost in Pennsylvania?
A typical Pennsylvania divorce mediation case with Dann Johns, Divorce Mediator & Attorney, costs about $3,700 to $5,200 and includes:
- discussing and deciding divorce topics,
- signing a postnuptial agreement,
- getting a Pennsylvania divorce decree.
Lump sum payment is not required. MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express are accepted.
If spouses need only the three services listed above—about 45% of cases in my office—their mediation divorce will cost between $3,700 and $4,200. The exact fee within that range depends on where the divorce will be filed (filing fees vary by Pennsylvania county).
A divorce mediation case will cost more than $3,700 to $4,200 if spouses want or need additional services, for example:
- Spouses may need a Deed to transfer ownership of a home (about 20% of cases in my office). Often a Deed is handled outside of mediation, however, as part of refinancing a joint mortgage or selling a home.
- Spouses may need a QDRO to divide a pension, or to divide a retirement account without tax penalty (about 15% of cases in my office).
- Parents may want a child support agreement (about 30% of cases in my office).
- Moms and dads may want a child custody agreement (about 10% of cases in my office).
NOTE: Neither a child support agreement nor a child custody agreement is required for a Pennsylvania divorce.
Fees and services are discussed at a free consultation about divorce mediation, then listed in a written estimate. This way, wives and husbands know in advance what their mediation divorce will cost.
How are divorce mediation fees paid?
In my office fees are "pay as you go". Here is how it works:
- When you and your spouse start your mediation case, you pay a one-time fee that covers all divorce mediation sessions needed for your divorce.
- When you and your spouse ask me to draft legal documents that make the terms decided in divorce mediation sessions enforceable, that is when you pay a per document fee for drafting.
- When you and your spouse are ready to file for a Pennsylvania divorce decree, the divorce filing fee is paid at that time.
"Pay as you go" gives the option of spreading the cost of a mediation divorce over whatever timeline works best for you. When the time comes to pay, these forms payment are accepted:
- Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
- Personal check
How are divorce mediation fees set?
In my office, fees are based on services needed in your divorce mediation case. In Pennsylvania, most spouses need these three services for their mediation divorce:
- discussing divorce topics with their mediator,
- drafting a postnuptial agreement,
- requesting a divorce decree from a Pennsylvania court.
My fees for the three services listed above total about $3,700 to $4,200 depending on where in Pennsylvania the divorce will be filed.
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.
Some families may want or need more than the three services listed above. A mediation divorce can include:
- drafting a child support agreement,
- drafting a child custody agreement,
- filing agreements with a court (child custody order, child support order, QDRO, Deed),
- resuming a prior name upon divorce (birth name, prior married name).
These extra services add to the cost of a mediation divorce, but are not needed in every case. Services needed in your case will be discussed at a free consultation about divorce mediation. There you will be given a written estimate of mediation divorce fees—so you know in advance what your divorce will cost.