Mediation is a dispute resolution process where the parties work with a neutral party called a “mediator”. The mediator works with the parties to attempt resolve all or some of the outstanding issues between them.
Rules of Mediation. Mediation is a confidential process, absent abuse or other extenuating circumstances, the parties and the discussions at mediation are private and cannot be disclosed to any third party or in court. If an agreement is reached, it will be memorialized into a writing and filed with the Court which will then be made public.
Fees. All bookings are required to be a (3) three hour minimum for a half day or $975.00. In our years of professional experience mediations in family law matters rarely settle in less time and usually require more than (3) three hours. It is recommended that (4) four hours be booked for divorce matters with no children and (6) six hours minimum for family matters with children. Blocking off a full day shall require a minimum fee of $1950.00.
Our hourly rate is $325.00 per hour or $162.50/hr per party for mediation. All parties are required to be prepared to pay their half of the mediation hourly rate. WE DO NOT ACCEPT PERSONAL CHECKS. We do accept credit cards and cash.
Discounted rates. Should the parties’ verifiable combined monthly income be less than $100,000.00 annually and more than $50,000.00 annually our hourly rate is reduced to $275.00 per hour. If the parties’ combined annual income is $50,000.00 annually or less our hourly rate is reduced to $250.00 per hour. Verifiable income is based on at least (3) months of paystubs and (2) two years of tax returns.
Mediation location. We mediate without a travel charge or fee in Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie counties. We have office and conference room space in downtown West Palm Beach at 224 Datura Street, Suite 506, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. We can also travel to other agreed upon locations for mediation such as attorney’s offices or other conference room spaces. Travel fees outside of Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie counties may be charged depending on the time and location of the mediation.
Documents required to mediate. Both parties are required to FULLY complete financial affidavits and bring them to mediation. In addition, parties shall be required to bring at least (2) two years of tax returns. This list is not exclusive but a minimum list. It is highly recommended that parties bring all supporting documents related to their assets and liabilities or issues unique to their circumstances. Time is wasted at mediation if parties are not prepared with their documents.
Recommended Parking. We recommend that if mediating at our office that parties park at the West Palm Beach City garage at the corner of Dixie Highway and Evernia. The rate is $1 per hour and is paid when you leave so you don’t have to worry about meter fees running out of time.
Scheduling. Call us today at 561-537-3019 to schedule your mediation or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.