First Initial Mediation Consultation: $200
Our first initial consultation is $200. We will spend up to an hour and half discussing the process of mediation, the legal requirements, scheduling and we will review and sign our mediation agreement if both spouses agree to move forward with the process. At this time I will collect all information to complete your petition for dissolution and file it with the court within a week of our meeting. We will then schedule your first mediation session.
Divorce Mediation Sessions: $250
Mediation sessions include up to 3 hours per session and billed at $250 an hour. The total for this session is due at the end of the session. During these mediation sessions we will cover all of the following areas of a divorce and/or child custody:
Child Custody and Parental Tme Agreements
Spousal and Child Support
Property and Asset Division
Marital Settlement Agreement Information
Filing of all required documentation for a divorce and child custody.
Please note, unlike other attorneys and mediators I do NOT require an "escrow" account or a retainer. My clients pay at the time of service. In addition to the hourly rate the county has separate filing fees that approximate $435-$500. Document preparation is done after each mediation session and will be approximated and billed/paid at the end of your session. There will be no surprises.
Each individual mediation is unique and the time it takes varies. The average mediation is 1-3 sessions at a total cost of $2,500 to $4,000. This is just an average and for mediations with higher conflict it can be a bit more. The length of time is influenced by the participants. On average we will complete your divorce in 45 days.
Pre-Paid Complete Divorce Mediation Services: $3250
Many clients want the comfort of a fixed price. I do offer pre-paid flat rate services. This flat rate includes a consultation meeting, up to 4.5 hours of mediation and the completion of all dissolution documents and the filing of all documents (excluding the court required filing fees).
Document Preparation Only: Prepaid $1850
If your preference is to have assistance with preparing all documents required for an uncontested divorce, you require no mediation and all agreements are made between you and your spouse, Stephanie Barkett is a Registered LDA and can complete all the paperwork for you. Clients who prefer this option will recieve step by step instructions on how to file their own documents. These documents will include:
Preparation of your Petition and all opening documents, : $375
Providing Required Finanicial Disclosures: $150
Preparing Maritial Settlement Agreement $750
Final Judgement Packet for the Court: 575
Do It Yourself Divorce: $1500
This service includes an hour and a half information meeting, providing all required documents that you will complete, a completed maritial settlement agreement based on agreements made between spouses outside of mediation. Clients do all of their own negotiating and agreements privatly, between the two of them and file their own documents.