Reduced Fee Divorce Mediation

NJAPM has created its Reduced Fee Divorce Mediation Program with a dual purpose. It provides qualifying couples with competent divorce mediation services at a moderate cost while also providing guidance from experienced Accredited Professionals to newly trained mediators.

Couples who are accepted to this program pay fees at the subsidized rate of $195 per hour.  NJAPM will assemble a team that includes an Accredited Professional Mediator with a newly trained mediator who will preside over the mediation sessions.  A more detailed description of the program may be found below.

NJAPM Requirements & Instructions

  • Divorce mediation will be charged at the reduced fee of $195 per hour to be paid at the conclusion of each mediation session.
  • Clients must complete the attached application confirming that there are no issues related to Domestic Violence and that the combined gross income of the parties is less than $250,000 per year.
  • Qualifying clients will be matched with an Accredited Professional Mediator (APM) who will supervise the mediation and an Apprentice-Mediator who has completed the 40-hour Mediation training and will serve as their mediator.  Some wait time may be required to secure an available APM and apprentice for your team.
  • Once the team has been put in place, clients will be notified and then contacted by their Apprentice to set up the first mediation.
  • All mediations will be scheduled during regular business hours and will take place in the office of the APM.  Program coordinators will do their best to arrange locations that are convenient; however, clients should expect that some travel may be involved.
  •  All issues that need to be resolved in a divorce can be discussed in mediation, including custody, child support, spousal support, equitable distribution of assets and debts and other related issues, with the goal of resolving these issues to the satisfaction of both parties.
  • At the conclusion of the mediation, the couple will receive a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to take to their respective lawyers for review and conversion in to a Marital Settlement Agreement. The lawyer can also file the Complaint for Divorce and help the parties finalize their matter in court. Using an attorney in this limited role significantly reduces the expense of your separation and eventual divorce.
  • It should be understood that the mediator does not represent either party, is not permitted to witness any signatures on an MOU and does not file any documents with the court.

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