Divorce and Custody Mediation by Stephanie Barkett, MS Law, MS MFTFirst 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. All paperwork is pre-biiled before it's preparation. At this time you will recieve all financial disclosure documents required by the court and we will then schedule your first, full mediation session.

Divorce & Custody Mediation Sessions: $250/HR

Mediation sessions include up to 3 hours per session and billed at $250 an hour. No retainer is required. 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. On average an uncontestd divorce costs $2,600 to $3,300. 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, we can complete all the paperwork for you and file them.  

These documents will include:

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 providing all required court documents that you complete yourself, a completed maritial settlement agreement based on agreements made between spouses. Clients do all of their own negotiating and agreements privately, between the two of them, and complete and file all their own court documents. The mediator will review all completed documents for accuracy.

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