MEDIATION: SOLVING DISPUTES OUT OF COURT

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JAMIE E. HARRELL IS REGISTERED INDIANA FAMILY / DOMESTIC RELATIONS MEDIATOR.

Mediation is an alternative to hiring lawyers, going to court, and letting a judge to make intensely personal decisions about your life. 


Both sides sit down with a neutral trained third-party (a mediator) and find an agreement about family and property that you are both comfortable with.


Why should you mediate?


Most judges work very hard to find the best solutions for families.  But they are limited by the amount of time they have and the rules they have to follow. This means that they often look at “guidelines” in making their decisions.


However, by using mediation rather than courts, parties are able to be more creative, to spend as much time as they’d like exploring possible solutions, and to create a plan that is unique for their family.


How does mediation work?


Mediation typically occurs in a combination of individual and group meetings.  Individual meetings may occur between the mediator and only one party.  In a group meeting, all parties and any essential third parties, meet together in the same room.  If you are represented by a lawyer, your lawyer will be present at individual and group meetings.

For mediation services, my hourly rate is $200.00 per hour.  


For a half-day mediation (4 hours), the cost is $800 and normally each party puts down a $400 retainer in advance.


For a full-day mediation (8 hours), the cost is $1,600 and normally each party puts down a $800 retainer in advance.  


If mediation is concluded prior to the expiration of the time allotted, then you will receive a refund back.  I offer a free phone consultation to determine if mediation is right for you and to answer questions you may have.