In nearly every separation or divorce case, mediation is a fraction of the cost of Litigation.
As an example, statistically in Westchester County, a Litigated divorce costs a couple $10,000 to $15,000 each for a retainer and between $50,000 and $200,000 for the total cost. High asset clients pay a great deal more.
Whereas, in mine & my clients experience, a Mediated separation and/or divorce usually only costs between $3,500 to $7,000 in comparison, for about 90% of the couples I see. That means, on average, Mediation costs only 20 to 25% of the cost of Litigation!