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The benefits of divorce mediation are powerful and clear:

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Divorce Mediation:

Timeframe & Cost


Divorce mediation generally entails 6 to 10 sessions depending on the complexity of the issues and your commitment to reaching agreement. Each session lasts one hour, but may be extended in any particular session if thatís deemed beneficial and productive. A weekly meeting schedule is typical, although you may sometimes want additional time between sessions to gather information or process options.

Cost & Payment

A mediation generally runs about 6 to 12 hours, plus typically 2 to 3 hours for the mediator to put together your Memorandum of Understanding. Since mediation prepares for an uncontested divorce, your legal fees will be dramatically less. During mediation, your attorneys act as legal advisors but donít have to spend numerous hours preparing for trial as in a contested divorce (even if 99% never make it that far).

Since the mediator works for both of you, spouses typically share in the fee, paying proportionately to their means. Payment is made at the end of each session, and 24-hours advance notice is usually necessary for cancellations to avoid a charge for the session.

Call 201-847-0814 to schedule your divorce mediation introductory consultation in one of my offices in Wyckoff, Totowa, Verona or Hackensack, New Jersey.

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