“The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but hold hands.”
– Alexander Penney
Fees & Policies
Facilitative & Transformative, Evaluative and Workplace Conflict Management Fees
Mediation time will be charged at the rate of $400 per hour (divided equally between the parties), for a two party mediation. For three or more parties, mediation time will be charged at a rate of $450 per hour (divided equally among the parties). Time is computed to the next half hour. “Parties” to the mediation refers to the named parties to the litigation as well as any interested parties voluntarily participating in the mediation process. The mediator is entitled to compensation for all time spent on the case including but not limited to preparation time, telephone conferences, attendance at the mediation conference, follow-up, collection efforts (including but not limited to attorney fees and costs), preparation of the parties’ agreement and the Mediation Report to the Court.
Please note that these fees include reasonable and necessary expenses incurred by the mediator such as clerical, local telephone, local fax charges, postage costs, etc., but we reserve the right to charge for extraordinary expenses.
There is a three-hour minimum charge for half-day mediations and six-hour minimum charge for full-day mediations. Also, unless otherwise agreed by the parties, the participating parties shall divide mediation fees equally. Travel Time is not billed for anywhere in the state of Oregon.
The mediator in this case has been engaged to conduct this mediation. As such, Mark is accepting this engagement to the exclusion of scheduling other work for the day and the time which has been reserved. Due to the difficulty of scheduling a new case when there is a cancellation, the time and expenses already incurred in scheduling and preparing for the cancelled conference, and the positive effect a scheduled conference can have in settlement negotiations, the following policies have been adopted: In the event this mediation is cancelled within ten (10) business days of the scheduled conference, there will be a three hour minimum charge divided equally by all parties, plus any actual time already spent preparing for the mediation. Unless the parties in the case agree on who should pay the cancellation fee, all parties, through their attorneys, if any, shall be financially responsible for their share. All cancellations should be done so in writing, by email or text, with the agreement of all parties and counsel, if any.
Law firms and lawyers (not their clients) will be billed and are responsible for the mediation bill. Payment is due within 10 days of the date of the bill and is not conditioned on settlement or receipt of settlement funds. Past due bills will accrue interest at the highest legal rate and will result in additional charges for time and fees spent on collection. Pro se parties (those not represented by attorneys) must pre-pay a $1000 deposit prior to mediation.
Divorce Mediation & Parenting Plan Fees
We charge a flat fee for divorce mediations. For full divorce mediation with children, the cost is $3500 per party ($7000 total), and includes an initial consultation, two mediation sessions, drafting of all agreements and necessary documents for filing. Cost does not include actual court filing costs. For full divorce mediation without children, the cost is $2000 per party ($4000 total). For parenting plans only, the cost is $1500 per party ($3000 total). Any additional mediation sessions, or if you decide you prefer to pay by the hour, the hourly rate is $400 per hour ($200 per party, per hour). All fees are paid in advance, prior to commencing work.