How Much Does Divorce Mediation Cost in Washington?

The cost of divorce mediation in Washington State depends on a number of factors, including:

•    Whether or not you have children and need to discuss child custody and visitation.
•    How long you have been married.
•    How complex your finances are.
•    How well your communication skills are.
•    How willing you are to compromise and work together.
•    How many sessions you will require to work out the details of your divorce.

Ways Mediation Payment Should NOT Be Handled

Many people seeking a divorce through mediation have never before been through the process and do not know what to expect. This is especially true when it comes to mediation fees, payment, and compensation. Below, we’ve listed some common red flags regarding mediation and payment. If your mediator does anything discussed below, be sure to question your choice and consider working with someone else to settle your divorce. 

  • Your mediator doesn’t discuss the details of fees and payment before beginning your sessions. 
  • Your mediator does not put his or her payment policies in writing as part of your official mediation agreement. 
  • Your mediator asks for payment in exchange for a referral. 
  • Your mediator bases his or her payment on the outcome of your mediation or on your final settlement. 
  • Your mediator does not return partial payment if your mediation sessions are not successful or are not completed. 
  • Mediation can be an excellent choice for some couples seeking a divorce or a workable parenting plan for their children. However, a mediator who does not follow the standards of practice can harm the settlement process and even cost you money. 

Contact a Seattle Family Law Attorney

As long as both parties are willing to work with a mediator, the cost of divorce mediation is almost always lower than the cost of going to court for your divorce. In addition to a lower cost, mediation also often gives families more privacy during the divorce process and allows couples to take legal decisions out of the hands of a judge. To learn more about your own Seattle divorce mediation, contact the Washington State family law attorneys at our Bellevue law office today.

Molly B. Kenny
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Divorce and Child Custody Attorney Serving Bellevue and Seattle Washington