The Costs of Mediation vs. Litigation

If you are considering a divorce in Colorado, one of the biggest questions you may have is whether or not you should try to mediate with your spouse or take the case to court. One factor in your decision will likely be cost, so it is helpful to know what you can expect with each process. We at Kaplan Law have outlined what you may spend in either scenario so you can make the decision that best fits your needs.

The Huffington Post states that the costs to litigate your divorce can reach over $32,000. This includes the fees for an attorney, hiring experts, classes required before the divorce will be granted and the initial consultation. You may also need to pay a retainer fee and cover the cost for filing petitions. Your attorney will need to be paid for preparing motions, serving discovery and appearing in court. The fee for the actual trial can run anywhere from $7,500 to $10,000. This process also generally takes several months to complete and can go even longer if appeals are made, which means more money paid for additional services.

In contrast, a divorce mediation can average anywhere from $500 to $2,500. You will need to pay for an initial consultation and follow-up meeting, then your attorney will prepare the mediated agreement and any additional documents, as needed. This can often be done in a matter of hours or days.

Choosing mediation can not only save thousands of dollars, it can also mean a better agreement because you will have more say than you would if a judge were to determine your settlement. To learn more about how mediation can benefit you, please visit our web page.

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