Arlington Heights, IL asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law for Illinois

Q: How much does it usually cost to use a mediator? (In this case, it would be for a divorce - no kids.)

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A: The cost of mediation is determined by many factors. First of all, if you are going to use an attorney to represent you, that will cost money. Also, the mediator's fees vary (usually from about $200 to $300 per hour). Rates vary widely to high priced mediators and less expensive mediators. The good news is that the parties split the costs of the mediation (not including attorney's fees if you have an attorney representing you). Don't judge a mediator by his fees. Some of the best mediators are less expensive than some of the worst who just think they are that good. Also, the length of a mediation depends largely on how eager the parties are to settle. Frequently in divorce mediations (technically called Dissolutions) the parties can shorten the mediation by not arguing or fighting with each other throughout the process. This can use up a lot of time and money. Be sure you both agree on the mediator before the mediation begins. The fact that there are no children involved should shorten the process and cut your expenses. Good Luck.

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