Policies, Fees, and Procedures
Scheduling Your Mediation
To schedule your mediation:
The above rates apply to civil and business mediations. For divorce/child custody mediation matters, the mediation is conducted on a co-mediation basis (two mediators are used, an attorney and a licensed marriage and family therapist). An hourly rate of $425.00 applies and a three (3) hour minimum is required. Please note that parties will not be charged for any unused time (this applies only to divorce/child custody mediation).
Payment in full is due immediately upon confirmation of the reserved date(s).
Unless ordered by the court or otherwise agreed to in writing prior to the commencement of the mediation session, the fees for the mediator are divided equally between the parties.
If all parties agree and for the convenience of the parties, the mediator will travel up to 50 miles roundtrip (calculated from the mediator's office) to a location selected by the parties or their counsel at no additional charge.
A scheduled mediation session means that the mediator's time is reserved only for you. If a mediation session is missed, rescheduled or cancelled with less than 14 days notice, the fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. The cancellation fee is determined by the amount of time reserved for the mediation, i.e., if a half-day is reserved and the parties cancel less than 14 days prior to the date scheduled for mediation, then the parties are assessed a cancellation fee of $850.00, and if a full-day is reserved and the parties cancel less than 14 days prior to the date scheduled for mediation, then the parties are assessed a cancellation fee of $1,600.00. For divorce/child custody mediations, the cancellation fee is $425.00 per hour of reserved mediation time, i.e., if three hours are reserved and the parties cancel less than 14 days prior to the date scheduled for mediation, then the parties are assessed a cancellation fee of $1,275.00.
Submission of Briefs: Format and Requirements
Although not required, the submission of briefs is strongly recommended. The briefs should not exceed ten pages (exclusive of pertinent exhibits) and be received by the mediator one week prior to the mediation. Briefs may be exchanged or kept confidential at counsel's option. Please specify on the face sheet of the brief whether or not it is confidential. Each mediation brief should include the following: