How Much Does Divorce Mediation Cost? The cost of mediation depends on how much work you do to prepare for your sessions so that you are using your time wisely for the process of mediation. Sessions cost $250 per hour, with an additional $300 fee for the preparation of the Memorandum of Understanding. Sometimes I can adjust the fees if clients demonstrate need. It’s quite possible for clients who are organized and ready to negotiate to complete mediation in only 3 or 4 sessions. Parenting plans and spousal support each usually take at least one session. This is still less than the $2000 or $3000 retainer that most lawyers require to start a case. Divorcing partners can reduce the number of mediation sessions they need by having their financial information organized. Examples of this information would include:
  • financial affidavits
  • mortgage information
  • vehicles (owned, leased, financed)
  • values of investment accounts
  • banking information
  • properties owned
  • credit card debts
As the mediator, I will build the financial picture of your marital assets and liabilities along with the budgets that you each prepare through your financial affidavits. If you have concerns about issues of spousal support or child support, please know that these issues will be negotiated and resolved once the entire financial picture and individual needs are understood. The new guidelines for spousal support and child support take many factors into consideration and you can depend on the process of mediation to sort it all out. For questions or to schedule an appointment, please call Diana at 630.479.4676  Links for Illinois Dissolution of Marriage and Child Support Resources  Links for Financial Advice (Diana provides this out of courtesy only and you may use any financial advisor you want) Seth Cooper – Edward Jones
by Diana Zilly, MS, MA, LCPC, NBCFCH. Diana is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Certified Divorce Mediator, and former Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Joliet Junior College.