1. How long does the process take?
The process usually takes between 1-3 hours, but it can take as long as parties feel comfortable reaching a mutually favorable ground.
2. How much does mediation cost?
Kerobyan Mediation charges $250 per hour.
3. Who pays for mediation?
Parties split the cost evenly.
A mediation agreement document is a contract. For out-of-court mediation, it's a standard contract; if either side does not honor the contract, then the only means the other party has is taking the action to court. When this happens, they will sue not only for the original disagreement, but also for breach of contract. This means that whoever broke the contract would have to pay damages for going against the contract. Furthermore, courts that favor decisions reached by mediation will typically turn the original civil mediation agreement into their own ruling, usually with some terms added in for enforcement purposes.
4. Is the mediation agreement binding in court?
A mediation session can include as many people as parties wish, but usually it is suggested to keep it to 4 participants, other than the main participant, mainly because reaching a resolution will be fast and cost effective. Each additional participant added is $25. For example, if you bring in 4 other participants with you in mediation, it is $100 plus your 50% of the $250 hourly fee.
5. Who can participate in mediation?
If you have more questions about anything else in the mediation process, please do not hesitate to contact me.