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1. Does Online Mediation Save money?
The average cost of a contested divorce in Ohio with children has been recently estimated to cost $19,000. Most of the cost was attorney's fees. Depending on the nature of the disagreement it can cost much, much more. With online divorce mediation, the cost is a flat rate $495 for the first three sessions including all set up time. Sessions may last more or less than one hour. (Usually enough time for most cases). Additional sessions are billed at the rate of $175 per hour. Credit cards are accepted.
3. How is this different from online services that print the forms?
With do-it-yourself divorces, or a paralegal “typing” service, you may only spend a few hundred dollars. But remember, you can't file forms if you have not reached agreement.
4. Can you Pay As You Go?
Yes. You pay for each mediation session at the time of the session. You can proceed at your own pace and quit anytime. If you quit during the first three sessions you will be billed $175 for each session you attend. (If you only want to discuss your most troublesome issue and that takes only one hour you will only owe $175.)
5. Is there a Shared Cost?
Usually, each party pays one-half of the costs of the mediation. However, there are also many cases in which one party agrees to pay all the costs, or a higher percentage than the other. In some cases, one party pays for the mediation as costs occur, then gets reimbursed for one-half in the final property division.
6. Are there any surprise fees.?
No. You will have to pay court filing fees and pay for any extra help you may need to file on your own. We bill by "sessions" not hours for the first three because parties are more comfortable without a ticking clock. A session can be more or less than one hour. If you require extra time after the first three sessions the charge will be $175 per hour. The mediator only charges for actual time spent online with you. You will not be charged for "work on the file."
7. Can I still hire an attorney?
A party can still use mediation for decision-making, while using a consulting attorney to advise the client, examine financial documents, and review the Marital Settlement Agreement to protect the client’s interests. This is much less expensive than taking the whole case to court because of fear or anger. Counseling can also help remove the emotional issues from financial and legal decision-making.
10. Is mediation inexpensive to try?
As divorce mediation is a pay-as-you-go process, there is little financial risk in attempting to use it even if you are skeptical. At worst, you might spend a few hundred dollars on mediation and end up in court anyway. However, there is greater likelihood that you will finish in mediation if you start. In that case, you may have saved yourself potentially tens of thousands of dollars.
There is no charge for initial consultation.
.Credit cards are accepted.
Any Marital Separation Agreement and/or Parenting Plan drafted by the mediators, according to resolutions made at the mediation, are offered to you as guides for your use. They are not intended to replace legal advice.