With litigated divorces, costs can go sky high. Each party usually pays their own attorney a retainer of at least $2,000, and the fees go up from there based on time in consultation, research, discovery, telephone calls, letters, and court time. It is common for litigated divorces to cost between $10,000 to $30,000 for each party. Mediation costs less than the retainer for one Attorney and often costs less than a single day in court.
Each Party is charged a $75.00 non-refundable initiation fee upon signing the agreement to mediate. Includes preparation for mediation; negotiating between parties prior to and between mediation sessions; telephone calls with parties or their attorneys; reading and/or preparation of documents; and any other activities requested by the participants.
The mediator’s hourly rate is $120.00 per hour / per party. The fees for each session are processed upon confirmation of schedule. Mediation sessions are scheduled in two (2) hour increments and charged as a block of time whether used in part or in whole.
Compare this to $350.00 per hour in attorney's fees for each party
A $25 facility fee is charged per party per hour when separate mediation rooms are requested. At the end of each mediation session, the current balance for the above services owed shall be paid, as well as fees for services anticipated to be performed between mediation sessions. Such amounts shall be paid irrespective of whether or not the mediation reaches a successful conclusion.
Document Preparation Fee(s)
Modifications - $150.00
Dissolution of Marriage or Paternity - $300.00 (The charge to file the petition in any State jurisdiction for example is $408 plus $10 for each defendant served. These fees are payable directly to the court and are apart from Rezolo fees).
Quit Claim Deed - $75.00
Cancellations and Rescheduling
To avoid cancellation fees, a mediation needs to be canceled at least five (5) business days in advance. If a mediation is not canceled within this timeframe, a cancellation fee of $200.00 will be billed. Please call us at (813) 485-5766 to cancel or reschedule your mediation.
Outstanding Balances and Collections
Rezolo shall not be required to provide any award, decision or work product produced by a mediator or arbitrator until all charges and fees are paid. Outstanding balances payable to Rezolo are subject to a compounding monthly interest rate of 2%. Parties agree to pay any fees or costs incurred by Rezolo to collect any outstanding amounts owed by the client. Such fees and costs may include, but shall not be limited to, collection agency commissions, fees or charges; attorney fees and costs; and court costs. A minimum of $200.00 will be accessed to all accounts that are assigned for collections.
Income-Based Mediation Rates
For those who may have reduced means, discounted mediation services are available based on a client’s income. Generally, the rates are based on the poverty guidelines updated periodically in the Federal Register by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the authority of 42 U.S.C. 9902(2).