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Cost of Mediation or Arbitration vs. Litigation

Is divorce mediation or arbitration generally less expensive than litigation?

Amy Zylman Shimalla’s Answer:

Yes. In litigation, the costs are exponentially higher because the parties have to attend court appearances, such as early settlement panels, case management conferences, intensive settlement conferences, and very often motions are filed during the process. Each appearance can cost thousands of dollars. Each motion costs several thousands of dollars. This is a very, very expensive way to reach a resolution. Mediation, or arbitration, is very resolution focused. Each session is structured and productive beginning to end. Less time is wasted, it is more efficient and thus, less costly.

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