We now offer FLAT FEE mediation in cases where neither party has an attorney. See below for details.
We are here to help you and your family peacefully resolve your divorce and family law issues. If you and the other party are amicable, and both want to reach a settlement agreement, but need some help to hammer out the details, early Family Court mediation may be a good fit. Choosing to reach an agreement via mediation early on in a case can be faster, cheaper, and more effective long-term than traditional litigation. Attorney Carolyn Bone has been a certified South Carolina Family Court mediator since 2017. Learn more at www.summervillefamilymediation.com.
You are encouraged to contact our Summerville mediation office by telephone or email to schedule a date for mediation.
If either party has an attorney, the attorney should contact our office instead.
We typically schedule half days (4 hours) and full days (9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.).
If neither party has an attorney, we will schedule flat-fee half days ($1,200) or full days ($2,400).
If either party has an attorney, our hourly mediation rate is $250/hour + 1 hour prep time.
We will need some basic information about both parties. We will then send a pre-mediation packet to you, with "homework" for both parties to complete prior to mediation. You will need to collect some financial information and tell us a bit about your family and goals. We will also give you instructions on how to pay your deposit for mediation. Parties typically split the costs of mediation, but they are not required to do so. Please contact our office to discuss pricing.
Please note that our goal at mediation is to help parties reach a complete, written settlement agreement resolving all or most of the issues of your case. When serving as a mediator, we are not allowed to also act as an attorney for either party. That means one or both parties will still need to hire counsel to help with filing the agreement with the Court and obtaining Court approval of the agreement (and a divorce or Decree of Separate Support and Maintenence if applicable). However, if all of the issues of your case are already resolved at mediation, many people save substantial time and money with early mediation.
Mediation is confidential. Parties are encouraged to feel free to make creative offers that cannot later be used against them (rare exceptions). The mediator is a neutral and cannot be called as a witness.
You make your own decisions, with the help of a mediator. This means a stranger (Court) is not making decisions about your family.
You Can Still Go to Court
If you don't reach an agreement, either side is free to go to Court and ask a Judge to make the decisions.
Save Time & Money
Early, voluntary mediation can save significant time, money, and stress (versus traditional litigation), for the right cases.