How Much does Mediation Cost and Who Pays?

Most mediators charge either by the hour or using daily or partial daily rates. The parties decide how those costs will be shared.

In general, the cost of a successful mediation will be less than the cost of going to court.

Costs vary, depending on such things as:

    • how many parties are involved
    • the complexity of the issues under discussion
    • the qualifications and experience of the mediator
    • the number of sessions
    • whether lawyers are participating in the mediation

Some of the things mediators are paid or reimbursed for include:

    • time spent helping parties prepare for mediation;
    • time spent in mediation;
    • travel time to and from mediation, if in another city;
    • rental of a mediation room (if needed)
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