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Christine Hickey, Esq.   120 East Washington Street, Suite 711, Syracuse, New York 13202   (315) 422-9756

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HOURLY RATE FOR SERVICES 

Mediation is charged on an hourly basis.  Fees are collected on the day of the mediation.  The hourly rate is based on a sliding scale related to your combined gross income.  

Sliding Scale:
Combined Gross Income: Hourly Rate:

  • Under $50,000.00                        $150.00
  • $50,000.00 - $80,000.00          $200.00
  • $80,000.00 - $125,000.00         $250.00
  • $125,000.00 -$250,000.000      $300.00
  • $250,000.00 and Above            $350.00


Mediator’s Work Between the Mediation Sessions: If the mediator performs work for you between the mediation sessions, you will be charged for that work at the hourly rate.  Each case requires slightly different attention between meetings and will be discussed with you on an ongoing basis.  Services between mediation sessions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Telephone calls, emails and conference calls between the mediator and clients.  (Note:  The mediator shall have contact with both clients), either placed by or placed to the clients;
  • Telephone calls, emails and conference calls made or had on the clients’ behalf or related to the matter;
  • Preparation of correspondence (letters to clients and others);
  • Preparation of financial analysis in relation to Child Support and Spousal Maintenance as may be necessary;
  • Preparation of financial analysis in relation to the Distribution of Assets and Debts;
  • Review of all documents including, but not limited to, pension plan documents;
  • Conferences with other professionals such as accountants, evaluators, actuaries, appraisers and attorneys;
  • Any other time expended on behalf of, or incurred in connection with, your matter.


Deposit: Upon the signing of this Agreement, you agree to pay a deposit of $75.00 for an Equitable Distribution Chart that will be prepared for you and includes the information that you provide to the mediator about your assets and debts.  The Equitable Distribution Chart is used during the mediation to facilitate full financial disclosure and informed decision-making about the distribution of assets and debts between you.  An additional deposit of $75.00 will be made for a Family Law Software file that will be prepared for you and includes your budgets, incomes and the relevant tax information provided by you to the mediator. The cash flow reports and the financial and tax information derived from the use of this program will help you make good decisions about child support, spousal maintenance (when necessary), dependency exemptions and related financial issues.  The program can help you create a workable financial future.


Mediator’s Work Following the Mediation:  When all the decisions necessary for the Agreement have been made by you, upon your request, Christine Hickey will draft a legal Separation Agreement and other associated documents such as Domestic Relations Orders (to transfer retirement assets) as long as you have agreed to the terms of the Retainer Agreement to Draft Separation Agreement Following Mediation.

The hourly fee arrangement set forth above does not include the preparation of the Separation Agreement and other associated legal documents such as Domestic Relations Order(s).  Instead, a drafting deposit will be requested after all decisions have been made and you are ready to have the documents prepared.  Please see the Retainer Agreement to Draft Separation Agreement Following Mediation for the associated fees.

Miscellaneous:

  • No charge will be incurred to schedule or change an appointment or to discuss an invoice.
  • It is your responsibility to negotiate with your attorney about his or her fee.
  • Expenses incurred for expert advice (legal, accountant, appraiser, evaluator, etc.) will be your responsibility. This office may have a list of persons and organizations for you to use as a resource for such expert information.
  • You will be charged for scheduled sessions that you do not attend unless you give this office a 48 hour advance notice of your cancellation.  Unless otherwise agreed, one emergency cancellation (a cancellation notice given less than 48 hours in advance) may be made by you one every six months and no charge will be incurred. All cancelations must be made by phone call and clients must leave a voice message. 
  • If a summary of decisions or a partial agreement is requested, the charge for such a document will be based on your regular hourly rate and the time needed for drafting unless the mediator and the parties agree upon a different cost arrangement.
  • Any unpaid balances due for a period of thirty (30) days or more will incur an accumulative monthly charge of 1.25% of the balance due.


Please read the Mediation Agreement for all further information on our services.

CNY MEDIATION SERVICES, Inc.
Divorce Mediation Syracuse NY 
120 East Washington Street, Suite 711
Syracuse, New York 13202
(315) 422-9756 Phone (315) 479-5651 Fax
mchickey@a-znet.com
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