Common Questions

The complex situations that arise from a divorce can sometimes leave you with more questions than answers – here are a few of the most common concerns people have about the mediation process.

Q: How long does mediation take?

A: The amount of time it takes to complete the mediation process is dependent upon what issues need to be addressed and the willingness of you and your spouse to come to agreements that are equitable for both.

Q: How much does mediation cost?

A: The cost of mediation varies depending upon issues that need to be mediated. However, on average, people should expect to pay around one third of the cost of a litigated divorce.

Q: What is the difference between mediation and litigation?

A: There are several differences between mediation and litigation:

The main differences are that most people who enter into the mediation process find that reaching a resolution takes significantly less time and money as opposed to litigation. Resolution reached through mediation is more likely to be perceived as fair by both parties and have a better chance of working long term because the parties involved are the creators of the agreements reached.

Q: Do we still need to have an Attorney if we go through mediation?

A: Mediation is not a bypass of the legal system.

Although it is not legally required, parties are strongly encouraged to have their mediation agreement reviewed by legal counsel prior to filing any documents with the court. Laws are continuously subject to changes and therefore it is important that each party has legal coaching regarding the mediation agreement to ensure that the agreement will stand up in court.