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Divorce mediation is the best and least costly solution for divorcing couples. It is less costly both financially and emotionally. Even more importantly, it allows divorcing couples to create an agreement that is customized specifically to their needs, in ways that the court neither has the time nor the legal authority to do so.
Our legal system is based on an adversarial model in which each side makes their argument to a judge who then makes decisions based on the laws of Massachusetts. In order to make the most persuasive argument possible, each side focuses on what is good about them and what is bad about the other person. As time goes on, each side becomes more and more offended by how the other has presented them to the court and the battle escalates. Couples who were not getting along to begin with will grow more bitter and angry. They call their lawyers more often, go to court for more hearings, spend money on depositions and investigators. When all is said and done, emotionally exhausted couples give up and settle for a less than the ideal resolution, and the money that their family could have used to establish new lives ends up in the pockets of lawyers.
Mediation provides an alternative. Couples who are divorcing sit down with a mediator and discuss what they have and how to divide it. When children are involved, they also discuss and agree to custody and visitation arrangements in addition to child support. Since mediation eases the adversarial mindset for the most part, the atmosphere is more relaxed, and the results are reached at a quicker pace, less cost, less stress, and in a much more dignified manner.
The following is only provided as an example of what you might have to pay:
Consultation Fee (applied overall)
Hourly Fee (usually 4-6 hours)
Court Filing Fee
Consultation Fee (not applied to overall)
Hourly Fee (30+ hours) including:
Court Filing Fee
Wait Time in Court
Court Reporter Fees (for Depositions)
Interrogatory Preparation & Analysis
Answers to Interrogatories
(Preparation & Analysis)
Additional Hearings, Filings, etc.
Guardian Ad Litem (In cases where child custody is an Issue)
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