Mediation can take as little as two hours or up to several days. Most family law mediations resolve in approximately four hours. The time can be less or more depending on the issues, i.e., whether there are children, and, if so, are there timesharing issues? The question of whether financial disclosure been provided to each party’s satisfaction, and other time constraints imposed by the attorneys and/or parties. Oftentimes, family law mediations are continued from one scheduled day and time until another scheduled date and time in order to allow for the attorneys and/or parties to provide additional information which will be necessary to reach a final resolution.
A family mediator is generally an attorney who experience in family law matters and has been trained to resolve disputes outside of the courtroom. Family mediators help people resolve disagreements about marriage, separation, divorce, parenting schedules, child support, alimony, property division, and other family matters. However, a mediator has no right or duty to provide legal advice to the parties even if he/she happens to be a lawyer. The parties should seek legal advice solely from their legal counsel.
The primary role of a family mediator is to facilitate communication between the parties in conflict with a view to helping them reach a voluntary resolution to their dispute that is timely, fair and cost-effective. Although the mediator manages the meeting and the proceedings, he/she should not impose solutions or decisions and has no power to force a settlement. A solution should only be reached by agreement between the parties, who are ultimately responsible for the resolution of their disputes. The mediator, however, may raise issues and help parties explore options.
BTW: this looks like a good resource: https://www.afccnet.org/Portals/0/Representing%20Yourself%20Mediation.pdf
Ms. Goade charges $275.00 per hour.
As a rule, both parties equally share the mediator’s fee. But as part of the negotiation process to aid in facilitation of a resolution, it is common for one side to agree to pay the entire mediator’s fee.