What Is Divorce Mediation?
Divorce mediation is a process that allows divorcing couples to meet with a specially-trained, neutral third party to discuss and resolve common divorce-related issues. Mediation is typically less stressful and less expensive than a divorce trial, and it usually proceeds much faster. Because you and your spouse have the final say over your divorce matters, mediation also allows couples to maintain the power and control in their divorce, as opposed to asking a judge to decide.
Mediation gives you and your spouse the opportunity to build your communication skills, even in situations where a lack of communication was the cause of the relationship’s demise. With the help of a trained professional, even the most communication-challenged couples can succeed in mediation.
Divorce Mediation Checklist
To start divorce mediation, here’s a divorce mediation checklist of documents you should start gathering:
- Tax Returns (Federal & State)
- Pay Stubs
- W-2’s and/or 1099’s
- Partnerships & Other Business Interests Valuation
- Real Estate Property Valuation
- Furniture, Appliances and other housewares Valuation
- Vehicles, Boats, Trailers Valuation
- Savings, Checking, Money Market and CD Accounts
- Non-Retirement Investments such as Stocks, Bonds, Secured Notes, Mutual Funds
- Executive Compensation – Stock Options, RSUs or Other Executive Comp
- Retirement Accounts and Pensions
- Annuities, IRAs, Deferred Compensation
- Health Insurance Payments (Kids and Partners) If Any.
- Life Insurance (Whole Life Policies)
- Jewelry, Antiques, Art, Coin Collections, or Other Property with significant value
- Accounts Receivable & Unsecured Notes
- Real Estate Loans
- Credit Cards and Revolving Credit
- Other Loans and Debts
- Depending on the state you live in, homeowner insurance policy information, auto insurance information, health insurance information, and other information may also be needed
What is the Cost of Mediator of Divorce Mediator?
$300-$500 per hour
Typical hourly rates charged by divorce mediators who are attorneys vary depending largely on the lawyers’ experience, specialized training, and location.
Non attorney-Mediator Rates
Divorce mediators who aren’t lawyers usually charge less than attorneys, but certification, training, experience, and location affect typical hourly rates.
Mediators Can Quote Differently and some bundle their billing cost so you can save more, charges can be:
- By Hour
- By Session – 2-3 Hours Minimum
- Half A Day Session
- A Full day Session
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