Many divorcing couples are opting for mediation in lieu of attorneys or using attorneys as hourly counsel, rather than paying a retainer which typically runs $3,000 -$5,000 per person, or $6,000-$10,000 per couple. Obtaining a divorce, using mediation to reach an agreement, is typically about one third the cost of litigation, for the entire process.
If a couple uses attorneys and the courts to decide the outcome of their divorce they will be back in court within the first year 31% of the time. The main reason that mediation works is because couples, parents, can decide their own destiny.
A couple can proceed with a divorce pro-se (advocating on one's own behalf). With the help of a mediator who is on the court roaster a couple can accomplish what they want. If they need legal advice the parties can use a collaborative attorney who can help them understand and inform them of their rights. A mediator will often give the parties several referrals from which to choose. Contact our office if you would like to discuss using mediation to resolve your legal needs at (850) 434-8904 or http://www.farrarlawfirm.com/