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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