Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Benefits of Mediation Compared to Other Approaches?
Mediation is informal, less time-consuming, and less costly financially and emotionally than more formal arbitration and litigation. Mediators first help the parties negotiate communication guidelines for the session.
In mediation, the parties keep control over the resolution of their situation.
Who Can Attend a Mediation Session?
All parties directly involved in the case are invited to attend the mediation. Legal advisers, witnesses, and other support people may also be included. We'll work with your attorneys.
How is the Outcome of Mediation Determined and Who Prepares it?
The parties to the mediation control the outcome. The mediator does not give any legal advice, nor do they make any decisions for the parties. The mediator can help the parties draft a written agreement and guiding you through the process of mediation.
How Long Does Mediation Take?
The length of the mediation process depends upon the number of issues to be discussed, the complexity of the relationship of the parties, and how eager couples are to resolve their issues. An initial mediation session is usually scheduled for 90 minutes.
Does a Mediator Stay Neutral and Avoid Taking Sides?
Mediators are trained to remain neutral and act impartially. Mediators are not advocates for any party. Parties should tell the mediator if they feel the process is not neutral.
How Do I Prepare to Participate in Mediation?
How much does Mediation cost?
Elle Rave's fee for divorce and family mediation is $250 per hour for all hours expended on the client’s account, made payable to Elle Rave, Mediator. This time typically includes all sessions, document review, memorandum preparation, correspondence, and telephone calls.