We offer full-day, half-day, and three-hour (family law only) mediations in our Austin, Texas, offices or at other sites mutually agreed upon by the parties.
Full-day mediations begin at 9:30 a.m. They include lunch in the office and continue until completed. Usually, full-day mediations end by 5:30 p.m.; however, a mediation session may extend beyond that. An additional hourly fee may be charged for mediations lasting longer than eight hours. Resolving the dispute before the end of the day will not result in any refunds being issued.
Half-day mediations begin at 9:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. If a scheduled half-day mediation exceeds the allotted four hours, an additional hourly fee may be charged to each party.
In certain Family Law cases, but only when the parties are represented by counsel, a three-hour session is an option. Cases that are well-suited for this category include those that only require a short, block time commitment to finalize a divorce, work out Temporary Orders or satisfy an obligation to mediate. If a scheduled three-hour session exceeds that time limit, an additional hourly fee may be charged to each party.
Some cases may necessitate more than one mediation day. Subsequent sessions should be scheduled by mutual consent. If the parties initially ask that more than one mediation day be reserved, the full fee for all scheduled sessions is due on the first day of mediation.
Weekends may also be available for mediation if requested by the parties or required due to scheduling issues. If the mediation session occurs on a weekend and is held in our offices, an additional charge of $200 to $400 will be allocated among the parties.