Because the paperwork to dissolve a marriage is crucial for clarity and staving-off future issues, the cases appropriate for simple document preparation are more rare than not. However, if the issues are very straight forward, simple, and there is no (or little) necessity for custom language.
Family Mediation Center provides document preparation for divorce or modifications regarding the parenting plans, child support and/or spousal maintenance (alimony). The documents are prepared based on your answers on questionnaires and, sometime, other forms we ask you to fill out. In our experience and opinion, document preparation is appropriate when:
We are committed to making sure your paperwork is done correctly and meets our standards. The pricing for the document preparation assumes that the criteria listed above applies. Our experts will be available to help you resolve minor issues, if necessary. Any additional time with an expert will be charged at our normal hourly fee.
WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND FOR YOUR PROTECTION, UNDERSTANDING AND FOR THE SAKE OF EFFICIENCY that you meet with our mediator/attorney to review your agreement before the paperwork is started. It has been our experience that many people make incorrect assumptions about division of property and debt, lack knowledge about options, or may not understand some of the other issues that need to be addressed regarding children, child support or spousal maintenance, property and debts, and retirement issues. If you are a candidate for DOCUMENT PREPARATION, approximately one hour usually sorts everything out. If it takes more than that amount of time, you may not be a candidate for Document Preparation. Call our assistants, Vonnette or Terrie, who can help you decide if DOCUMENT PREPARATION is appropriate for your situation.
The time spent with a meditor/attorney will be charged at rate of $250-$350 and hour depending on the combined gross income of the parties.
The fees for Document Preparation are as follows:
(These fees do not include the court filing fees which are $338 for the Petitioner and $269for the Respondent.)
• Divorce with Children $1,075
For all paperwork except the Parenting Agreement. We provide you with a form so you can write your own Parenting Agreement.
• Divorce without Children $975
• Modifications (Stipulation and Order)
Cost varies depending on what and how much is being modified. Plus court fee of $84.