Families vary so widely in how they approach mediation that it is hard to describe a “typical fee range.” The hourly rate matters, but so does the complexity of the issues to be decided, and other more personal factors such as how individuals process information and the level of conflict between the parties.
A prepaid 3-hour block of mediator time is $630, which usually covers 2 online mediation sessions and some between-session mediator time. My hourly rate is $230 per hour, paid at the time of service. The chart below illustrates typical fees. Factors associated with higher fees include complicated facts, significant delays, or high conflict between spouses.
I started mediating divorces in 1996 (in Oregon). I have mediated divorces in Los Angeles County since 2006. I am a Pasadena native, but I practiced law in Oregon for 10+ years. I am certified by the Academy of Professional Family Mediators as an Advanced Practitioner; I am also a Certified Online Family Mediator.
My fees are lower than fees charged by many California attorney-mediators for two reasons: I am not a California attorney, and I see clients online rather than in an expensive office. I need to tell you, in bold font, that I am not a California attorney and I cannot give legal advice to you or to your spouse. I am experienced with in-person and online mediation. If you have more questions about fees, please call.
PREPAID BLOCKS of MEDIATOR TIME are $630 for 3 hours. This usually covers 2 online mediation sessions and some between-session mediator time. The deposit to begin mediation is $630. The total hours to complete your mediation, including your custom settlement agreement, may range from 12 to 18 hours (4 to 6 blocks of time) or more for complex facts or multiple delays. That’s $2,520 to $3,780, or more if complicated.
HOURLY FEES for ONLINE DIVORCE MEDIATION are $230 per hour. The deposit to begin mediation is $800. The total hours to complete your mediation may range from 12 to 18 hours or more, including preparation of your custom settlement agreement. That’s $2,760 to $4,140, or more if the facts are complicated. Fees are due when the service is provided.
In-person mediation, when available, is $270 per hour.
LEGAL DOCUMENT ASSISTANCE
In addition to your Mediated Marital Settlement Agreement, you will need to have a complete court file so that a judge can sign off on your divorce. With a mediated divorce, it is unlikely that you will ever need to go to court. If you live in Los Angeles County, I can prepare papers for you to represent yourself to obtain the judgment. I need to tell you, again, in bold 12-point font, that I am not a California attorney and I cannot give legal advice to you or to your spouse. My Legal Document Assistant registration number is 2019060225; my address is 1817 Sonoma Dr, Altadena, CA 91001. My business phone number is 626-441-1900.
The Legal Document Assistant (LDA) occupation is established by state law and county registration. In response to your specific instructions, I can prepare your court documents for your uncontested divorce, using your Mediated Marital Settlement Agreement. There is a separate contract, with a flat fee is $1,250 for the package. The court filing fees are $435 to file the Petition (mandatory) and $435 to file a Response (optional but recommended). Court fee waivers are possible but unlikely. By choice, I prepare divorce documents only for my mediation clients.