Mediation is an informal and confidential resolution process conducted by a neutral third party (the mediator). Mediators facilitate communication and negotiation between parties with the end goal of helping them reach a voluntary settlement of all or some of the issues in dispute. At Kahen & Wilbrandt, both parties meet with an attorney-mediator at our office. Although your mediator is a licensed attorney, she will not provide legal advice, take sides or decide how your case should be settled. Mediation is non-binding until the parties sign a written agreement (typically a “Memorandum of Understanding” or “MOU”) that details their settlement. Please be aware that people who utilize the mediation services of Kahen & Wilbrandt cannot later avail themselves of the other DIY Packages or engage a member of this firm to represent them in connection with the underlying divorce or parenting dispute.

Our mediation packages are priced competitively and include the costs for both parties. There are no hidden costs or additional fees unless additional mediation sessions are necessary to fully resolve your case.


Tier 1 (Basic) Mediation Package

Recommended for parties with little or no real estate and other assets or personal property, all of which may be readily valued, for example by reference to a bank statement or an agreed-upon appraisal. If there are children of the marriage, this package is only suitable for parties who have worked out the broad strokes of their future co-parenting arrangement but may need some assistance in ironing out small details. The Kahen & Wilbrandt Tier 1 Mediation Package includes:

  • Mediation checklists and forms
  • One (1) hour preparatory meeting to explain the mediation process and outline issues
  • Two (2) hours of mediation (typically conducted in one 2-hour session)**
  • Preparation of MOU/Basic Separation Agreement/Basic Parenting Plan
  • One (1) hour post-mediation meeting to review and sign MOU/Basic Separation Agreement/Basic Parenting Plan

Tier 2 Mediation Package

Recommended for parties who have relatively uncomplicated marital estates and/or relatively uncomplicated child custody considerations but who need to resolve certain issues before filing their papers with the Court. The Kahen & Wilbrandt Tier 2 Mediation Package includes:

  • Mediation checklists and forms
  • One (1) hour preparatory meeting to explain the mediation process and outline issues
  • Four (4) hours of mediation (typically conducted in two 2-hour sessions)**
  • Preparation of MOU/Basic Separation Agreement/Basic Parenting Plan
  • One (1) hour post-mediation meeting to review and sign MOU/Basic Separation Agreement/Basic Parenting Plan

Tier 3 Mediation Package

Recommended for families with complex estates and/or marked conflict regarding child custody arrangements. The Kahen & Wilbrandt Tier 3 Mediation Package includes:

  • Mediation checklists and forms
  • One (1) hour preparatory meeting to explain the mediation process and outline issues
  • Up to six (6) hours of mediation (typically conducted in three 2-hour sessions)**
  • Preparation of MOU/Basic Separation Agreement/Basic Parenting Plan
  • One (1) hour post-mediation meeting to review and sign MOU/Basic Separation Agreement/Basic Parenting Plan

**Additional Mediation Sessions are billed directly at our regular hourly mediation rates.