What Effects The Cost of Divorce Mediation?

By Gerald A. Maggio, Esq.

Orange County divorce mediators; California divorce mediatorsWhen you decide to divorce, after the decision to divorce it, the most important decision you have to take is how to go about your divorce. Will you be looking to battle it out against your spouse in court or will you look for an easier route out of the divorce in the form of divorce mediation.

The decision about the method to choose and which one to ditch will typically depend on a number of different factors; one of which is the cost of the process. The fact that divorce mediation is cheaper than its litigated counterpart is a well publicized fact. But do you know what really makes up the costs of divorce mediation?

What Does the Cost of Mediation Depend on?

You’ll be surprised to know that the hourly rate of a divorce mediator only makes up a portion of this. Then what really makes up the cost of divorce mediation if not the hourly rate of the mediator alone? The list is as follows:

  • The experience, skill level and the competence level of the mediator
  • The thoroughness of the service provided

The experience, skill level and the competence level of the mediator

There are a number of divorce mediators available in each county.  While some of them are qualified and learned in the art of mediation others are almost laymen at the work and may not be able to give you the best service. Such people who lack in expertise and knowledge may try and make up for it in cheaper rates. Hence the type of expertise, skill and competence of the mediator will typically dictate the rate that they charge and affect the overall cost of mediation.

The thoroughness of the Service Provided

The depth of the service provided by the divorce mediator will truly dictate the expenses. Sometimes all a mediator will do is preside over the mediation and do nothing. They will let the spouse argue, quarrel, settle the case and fight against one another as long as they are able to get their payments on time. This is typically a dangerous approach. If you want a thorough divorce mediation it might cost you more than usual.

The factors mentioned above are some of the things that have an effect on the cost of Orange County divorce mediation. Mediation is important to ensure that you not only get a low cost divorce but as much as that, you are able to have a peaceful end to your divorce. Getting divorced is often the hardest decision you will make in your life, hence it is important that you ensure that you choose the right method.

To learn more about the divorce process in California and how mediation can help, please visit our page, “What is Divorce Mediation.”