|DAY or EVENING||Flexible; most weekday appointments start at 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM; Saturdays, 9:00 AM through 1:00 PM.||Court’s work-day is – 8 AM to 5 PM; attorneys generally don’t make appointments for 6:00 PM or Saturday morning|
|TIME TO RESOLVE YOUR CASE||Usually a few weeks to a few months; within your control||It can take months to get a court date for temporary orders; even longer for a full trial date|
|APPROACH||Respectful and collaborative, striving for win/win solutions||Adversarial; winner / loser likely|
|DECISION MAKER||You (the parties)||The judge|
|CONTROL||You (the parties); mediator as moderator||The judge; lawyers|
|PROCESS||Informal and private||Formal and public|
|COST||Reasonable – the mediation fee depends upon the amount of mediator preparation required, the number of meetings required, the complexity of issues, and level of conflict between the parties. See chart in following post.
Reasonable is likely to be between $2,750 to $4,000 for the mediator’s fee in most cases for a comprehensive divorce mediation, and somewhat more for the mediator’s fee in complex cases. Please call 626-441-1900 for more detailed information on fees.
Other Family Mediation Fees
|Enormously expensive –
Attorney fees can range from $15,000 to $75,000, or even more, depending upon the number of court appearances, amount of preparation, complexity, etc.
Please note that this chart addresses the fee for mediation or litigation only. Other fees may include court filing fees, party response fees, experts such as appraisers or financial advisers, consulting attorneys for mediation, and document preparation fees for paralegals or legal document assistants.