The average cost of a litigated divorce in the Tri-State Area is typically $50,000 and upwards. The average cost of a mediated divorce with RDR in 2014 was $5,000 to $8,000. Using our services, a complete mediated divorce process will likely cost less than retaining one attorney to divorce in the traditional way.
How Reasonable Divorce Resolutions saves you money:
- We don’t require any retainers.
- We meet you both together, avoiding the cost of hiring two separate attorneys:
(Every time one attorney talks to the other, your family gets a bill. Every time an attorney speaks with you and/or your spouse – another bill!)
- We charge one hourly fee for both of you per session.
- We schedule appointments at your convenience, so you don’t miss work.
- We help you work with one neutral expert when possible, avoiding the cost of hiring two experts to battle it out in court.
- We expedite divorces: you avoid formal discovery, depositions, motions, hearings, all court appearances – saving not just a tremendous amount of money, but time.
- You won’t be paying lawyers to sit around in court waiting for your case to be called.
- We encourage you, when possible, to make your own decisions together, outside of the mediation process. This literally costs you nothing. In a litigated divorce, clients are told not to even speak with each other about divorce terms.
- We are licensed attorneys, so once you complete a successful mediation, we are able to draft your legal separation agreement. Mediators who are not attorneys are only able to write Memorandums of Understanding, for which they charge a fee. Attorneys then have to use these memorandums to draft legal agreements. This two-step process costs more time and money then hiring a mediator/attorney.
Mediation will continue to save you money down the road. Mediated agreements are less likely to be contested, because terms are agreed upon by the parties – not imposed by a judge.
In addition to monetary savings, a mediated divorce reduces stress and animosity, saving you the emotional toll of a contentious divorce.