The end of a marriage is usually a devastating event in anyone’s life. Attorney bills and Florida state legal fees add up to make the process even more stressful. Mediation is a process that is designed to avoid much of the stress involved with divorce proceedings. Ronald M. Zakarin is a Florida attorney that can help you find out how divorce mediation keeps cost down in Florida divorce proceedings.
What is a Mediator?
A mediator is an unbiased third-party that assists the couple in finding a suitable compromise that is satisfactory to both sides. Mediation is a low-cost, low stress option that often leads to a more amicable split between parties.
Florida Divorce Costs
The exact price for a petition for divorce in Florida varies by county, but the average is $408, according to laws.com.
A recent survey states that the average Florida divorce attorney charges a fee of $260 dollars per hour, some individuals claim to have paid as much as $450. The survey also states that the average Florida divorce proceeding lasts around 15 months. When all is said and done couples can expect to pay around $13,500 in order to settle all matters pertaining to divorce. This figure is usually higher when the couple has children together.
Mediation is A Less Expensive Choice
Couples that can reach an agreement outside of court save a large sum of money. Mediator fees range from $100 to $300 dollars per hour and mediation is usually resolved within one to three sessions.
It is not uncommon for the final price of mediation to be one tenth the price of courtroom divorce proceedings.
Divorce is a devastating event, but it does not have to be long and bitter. Contact us at the Law Offices of Ronald M. Zakarin to explore your options regarding mediation or divorce. His 30 years of experience give him the sensitivity, empathy, and compassion to handle each case with the care that it deserves.