The Mediation Process

Are you a lawyer?

Are you a lawyer? No. I am not an attorney.

According to writer Chris Currie, “…mediation is not a natural extension of the practice of law, because mediation permits a broader definition of conflict as well as a more complete approach to its resolution. Because attorneys are schooled in, and acculturated to, an adversarial approach, it is very difficult for them to be equally accomplished in more collaborative approaches to settling disputes. There is no evidence to suggest conflicts involving issues of law require legal skills. Human relations and negotiation skills are more relevant to facilitating conflict resolutions.”

It is unethical for mediators to give legal advice in mediation even if the mediator is an attorney. If you need legal, or any other kind of advice such as tax or financial, parties should seek sources outside of the mediation process.

Are you a lawyer? 2018-05-28T20:48:30+00:00

What will it cost and how long will it take?

According to a publisher of do-it-yourself legal guides since 1971:

“Typical mediation cases, such as child custody, parenting plans, consumer claims, small business disputes, or auto accident claims, are usually resolved after a half day or, at most, a full day of mediation. Cases with multiple parties often last longer: Add at least an hour of mediation time for each additional party. Major business disputes — those involving lots of money, complex contracts, or ending a partnership — may last several days or more.

Private divorce mediation, where a couple aims to settle all the issues in their divorce — property division, alimony, child custody, visitation, and support — generally requires half a dozen or more mediation sessions spread over several weeks or months.”


Standard Divorce Mediation rates can range from $1000.00 to $5000.00 or more depending on the complexity of the mediation. Mediation costs are typically split evenly between the parties involved.

What will it cost and how long will it take? 2018-05-28T20:58:07+00:00