How much does a divorce mediation case cost?
In my office a typical divorce mediation case costs a family about $3,100 to $4,900. A typical case includes:
- Discussing and deciding divorce terms with help from a mediator,
- Signing a postnuptial agreement, and
- Getting a Pennsylvania no-fault divorce decree.
Lump sum payment is not required, and major credit cards are accepted.
Divorce Mediator & Attorney
- Practice limited to mediation divorce since 2012
- 1988 Juris Doctor degree, Dickinson School of Law
- 1988 Attorney & Counsellor at Law, Pennsylvania Bar
- Active attorney license PA52681
- Member of Academy of Professional Family Mediators
- Member of Pennsylvania Council of Mediators
- Member of Association for Conflict Resolution
A divorce mediation case will cost more than $3,100 to $4,900 if:
- Parents want a child support agreement or child custody agreement (these are not required for a Pennsylvania divorce),
- Spouses need more than two mediation sessions to discuss their divorce terms (this is not typical in my office), or
- Wives and husbands need court-filing of their agreements (this depends on the facts of your case).
Even with these extra services, a mediation divorce tends to cost thousands of dollars less than hiring lawyers to fight over divorce terms.
Divorce mediation fees
Mediation divorce tends to be the least costly way to divorce in Pennsylvania. Spouses share the fees of one mediator, instead of each spouse hiring a lawyer to fight in court.
Mediation divorce fees are based on services needed in your case. In Pennsylvania, most spouses need these services:
- One or two mediation sessions (a discussion of divorce terms with a mediator, to make sure all necessary topics have been discussed),
- Drafting of a postnuptial agreement (a legal document that formalizes divorce terms), and
- Filing of a Pennsylvania no-fault divorce pleading (a legal document needed to change marital status).
In my office, fees for the services listed above total $3,100 to $4,900, depending on difficulty of issues and number of sessions required. A written estimate of fees is provided at an initial consultation about divorce mediation.
Mediation divorce fees are “pay as you go” in my office. Instead of paying a large deposit at the start of a case (required by many divorce lawyers), you pay per service you request. Here is how it works:
- When you come in for a mediation session, you pay for that mediation session.
- When you ask me to draft documents, that is when you pay the fee for document drafting.
- When you ask me to file the divorce pleading with a court, the divorce filing fee is paid at that time.
“Pay as you go” gives spouses the option of spreading the cost of their mediation divorce over several months. Accepted forms of payment include:
- Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
- Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay, Google Wallet, contactless cards
- Check or Cash
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Some spouses may want or need more services. A mediation divorce can include:
- Extensive discussions of divorce issues (three or more mediation sessions),
- Drafting of a child support agreement or child custody agreement,
- Filing agreements with a court (child custody order, child support order, QDRO, deed, etc.).
These services add to the cost of a mediation divorce, but are not needed in every case. Necessary services are discussed at an initial consultation, then listed in a written estimate of mediation divorce fees. This way spouses know in advance what their divorce mediation case will cost.
Tips for keeping cost of divorce mediation low
- Communicate with your spouse: The more terms of agreement you work out together, the less time spent in discussions with your mediator—which saves on divorce mediation fees.
- Cooperate with your spouse: Working together is essential for building an out-of-court divorce agreement.
- Avoid threats of fighting in court: Threats can stop progress toward an agreement.
Dann Johns will be able to offer more tips—specific to your case—at an initial consultation about divorce mediation.
Because each divorce mediation case is different, a divorce mediator must meet with both spouses before estimating the cost of their mediation divorce.
Is divorce mediation right for your Pennsylvania divorce?
Consider sharing this website with your spouse. If both of you are interested in divorce mediation, the next step is to schedule a divorce mediation consultation with Dann Johns, Divorce Mediator & Attorney.
- Content updated 2017-11-29
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