Low Cost Divorce Mediation
August 15, 2012
For divorcing couples who may not be able to afford the hourly rate of many mediators, the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM) is offering divorce mediation at a reduced cost. The program pairs a qualified couple with an Accredited Professional Mediator and an apprentice. For $150 per hour, about half the usual cost, couples can have their divorce issues mediated. At the conclusion of the process the couple will have a written Memorandum of Understanding which summarizes the agreement they have reached.
To qualify for this program, a couple must have a combined annual gross income of less than $120,000 and no history of domestic violence. Most mediations take between 2 and 5 sessions and cost far less than a litigated divorce. Issues of custody, parenting time, division of property and support are addressed by the mediator. Sessions are held in the mediator’s office and are completely confidential.
Applications may be found at www.njapm.org. Look for the box on the right side of the Home Page that says “Divorce Clinic.” Or you may call NJAPM at (800) 981-4800 for further information.