Divorce mediation is a legal procedure that enables divorcing couples to consult with a specially trained, unbiased 3rd party to talk about and resolve conventional divorce-related matters. Mediation is often less costly and less stressful than going to court and usually progresses a lot faster. Since you both have the final word over the divorce matters, mediation also lets couples maintain the control and power in the divorce, instead of asking a judge to make a decision.
Divorce mediation gives both of you the chance to build your speaking skills, even in a situation in which a lack of communication was the reason for the marriage’s downward spiral. With the assistance of a trained professional, even communication-challenged spouses can prevail with mediation.
How Much Does Divorce Mediation Cost?
On average, divorce mediation costs around $7,500 per spouse, with prices ranging somewhere between $5,000 to $10,000 per spouse in the US in 2019, according to Canterbury Law Group. In addition, as reported by Thumbtack, you can expect to pay somewhere between $300 to $700 an hour when hiring a private divorce mediator. Despite that, the cost of divorce mediation can greatly differ subject to divorce mediation type. Conventional sessions are billed by the session or hour. A typical session will take about 2 to 4 hours to complete. Some cases will need several sessions or, sometimes can get resolved on the first day of the first session.
However, if the mediation process fails and the case ends up going to trial, the cost of divorce litigation can range somewhere between $78,000 to $200,000.
Arizona Divorce Mediation Process
The following are included in the Arizona Divorce Mediation process:
1. Schedule an Initial Consultation
Contact the divorce mediator. You both will learn about divorce mediation, how it is compared to litigation, and to what degree we’ll work with you. We are here to answer any questions you might have concerning the divorce.
2. We File for You
We will create and file your Divorce Petition in a matter that keeps conflicts low. No one gets “served” in mediation. Each party will know what is being filed, and the other will “waive and accept service” when it is filed.
3. Develop a Joint Parenting Plan
We will assist you to reach an agreement on parenting time, making legal decisions, and child(ren) support. By coming to these agreements, you can avoid a complicated child custody dispute and lay the groundwork for healthy co-parenting following the divorce. Without parental suitability matters (e.g. alcohol or drug addictions), a lot of families appreciate 50/50 custody.
4. Divide All Community Finances
Following a complete mutual financial disclosure, the divorce mediator will acknowledge each issue of your divorce and will explain who gets the property pursuant to Arizona law. You’ll go over options and can come to an effective solution that results in your own customized divorce agreement.
5. Get Legal Advice from Other Lawyers
When considerable legal matters develop, we’ll get you connected with our “no retainer fee” legal consultants that can provide you with specific advice during the process. We’ll also connect you with unbiased financial and tax professionals for advice on how to increase benefits granted to you in the mediated agreement.
6. Sign and Finalize
Your mediator will create the final Divorce Decree, instead of a judge. You both will review it, receive advice, revise it if necessary, and then, when you’re ready, sign it. We’ll file it and not long afterward, the divorce will be finalized when a judge signs the decree.
How Long Does Divorce Mediation Take?
On average, without underage children divorce mediation will take 1-2 consultations (lasting 2 hours each) and with underage children will take 2-3 consultations (lasting 2 hours each).
Divorce Mediation vs Collaborative Divorce
Divorce Mediation in Arizona
A divorce mediator is an unbiased 3rd party that attempts to expedite legal negotiations among spouses who are getting a divorce. If you both can’t come to reconciliatory conditions by yourselves, you might need a divorce mediator. Learn about how to find a knowledgeable divorce mediator in Arizona. Divorce mediation can help you manage your divorce terms and keep them in your control. You’ll never go to a courtroom! Our process is affordable, easy, and private. Our knowledgeable divorce mediators will assist you throughout your divorce.
Collaborative Divorce in Arizona
Collaborative divorce, sometimes known as collaborative law, is a legal process allowing couples to end their marriage. They collaboratively work side by side with a team of family law professionals so they can achieve a settlement that meets the needs of each party and children without the risk of litigation. The voluntary process starts when the parties sign a “collaborative commitment agreement” binding them to the process and prohibiting their lawyer’s right to represent either of them in any potential family-associated litigation.
Canterbury Law Group, and Canterbury Law Group. “Divorce Mediation Cost 2019.” Canterbury Law Group, 31 July 2019, https://canterburylawgroup.com/divorce-mediation-cost/.
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When a case demands litigation, you’ll have the benefit of 19 years of litigation experience in California and Arizona. But when a case demands collaborative law or mediation, we can meaningfully describe why collaborative law or mediation may or may not be your best option.