Mitchell
Mediation
Service

Stephen E. Mitchell
1020 E. Lafayette Street Suite. 115
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
P: (850) 386-3336
F: (850) 430-9633
E: steve@mitchellmediations.com

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What is the cost of mediation?

Mediation time spent meeting with the couple is billed at an hourly rate that is much less than the hourly rate for a single divorce lawyer - and each side usually hires a lawyer. The typical hourly rate for divorce lawyers in Tallahassee is $300 per hour. Fewer hours are needed for the mediation process; hence lower cost because the focus is on agreement and resolution rather than preparing for litigation and fighting it out in court. Typically, the mediation process will take between two and six hours depending upon the issues and personalities of the parties. The total cost is much less than the retainer would be for just one divorce lawyer. The typical up-front retainer in Tallahassee is at least $3,000. There is no retainer for divorce/family law mediation. See the Special Package Rates below for all-inclusive rates covering most divorce and family law matters.

Preparation of the marital settlement agreement (and parenting plan if minor children are involved) is billed at a flat rate that is dependent upon whether children are involved and the complexity of the case. The martial settlement agreement is the end result - not a trial after months or years of legal bills. The other court documents necessary for an uncontested divorce or modification can also be prepared for you for an additional flat fee. The documents are filed for you and all you have to do is appear for the short, uncontested final hearing. The Special Package Rates below include the mediation time, all document preparation, and even the filing of your case, if in Leon County. You will know the cost of your case up front - before you begin.

In the event the services of additional professionals (accountants, appraisers, etc.) are needed, their fees would be in addition to any mediation and document costs.

Special Package Rates

Divorce Without Children, Assets, or Alimony - $450
Includes mediation time and the preparation and court filing (not including court filing fee) of all required documents for your dissolution of  marriage action.

Divorce Without Children – $1000
Includes mediation time, the Marital Settlement Agreement, and the preparation and court filing (not including court filing fee) of other required documents for your dissolution of marriage action.  Call to see if you qualify for a Simplified Dissolution package at $700.00.

Divorce With Children – $1600
Includes mediation time, the Marital Settlement Agreement, Parenting Plan, child support calculation and documentation, and the preparation and court filing (not including court filing fee) of other required documents for your dissolution of marriage action.

Paternity - $1000
Includes mediation time, Parenting Plan, child support calculation and documentation, and the preparation and court filing (not including court filing fee) of other required documents.

Modification - $600
Includes mediation time, Settlement Agreement with modified Parenting Plan (including any recalculation of child support), and the preparation and court filing (not including court filing fee) of other required documents.

Standard Fee Schedule

  • Mediation - $200 per hour, per couple
  • Marital Settlement Agreement - $250
  • Parenting Plan and Child Support Documentation - $250
  • Preparation and court filing (not including court filing fee) of other required documents for your dissolution of marriage action - $300-$350

Credit Cards Cash, checks, credit and debit cards are accepted.

The typical litigated divorce with attorneys in the United States is $15,000-$30,000 and can be much higher if the case goes to trial or is hotly contested.

 

 

 

 

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