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

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If you seek the services of this mediation office in connection with the mediation of your Agreement, you will be asked to enter into a Mediation Agreement that includes the following terms regarding fees and services.

Mediation Session: You will be charged on an hourly basis according to the sliding scale below for the mediation sessions. Payments for the mediation sessions are made at the end of each session.

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: You will also be charged at your hourly rate for services performed by the mediator between meetings that may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Telephone calls, emails, conference calls between the mediator and the clients that are placed by or placed to the clients. Please note that the mediator will have contact with both clients;
  • Telephone calls, emails and conference calls made or had on the clients’ behalf or related to the matter with third parties such as accountants, therapists and attorneys after permission is given by the clients;
  • Preparation of all correspondents (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 division 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; and
  • Any other time expended on behalf of, or incurred in connection with your matter.


Drafting Deposit: After you have made the decisions for your Agreement, you will be asked to make a drafting deposit before the first draft of the Agreement is written. The drafting deposit pays toward the cost of drafting the Agreement. If other legal documents such as court orders to divide retirement assets or deeds are required, an additional deposit may be required if the drafting deposit for the Agreement is not likely to be sufficient to cover the time required to draft these additional documents. The specific amounts and arrangements for the drafting deposit can be found in the “Retainer Agreement to Draft the Agreement and Other Legal Documents Following Mediation”. You will also be asked to sign the Retainer Agreement.

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.

Cancellations: 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 it is due to an emergency. Please call the office (315-422-9756) and leave a voice message about your cancellation.​


  • No charge will be incurred to schedule or change an appointment or to discuss an invoice;
  • It is your responsibility to negotiate with your reviewing/advising attorney about his or her fee;
  • Expenses incurred for expert advice (legal, accounting, appraisal, evaluator, etc.) will be your responsibility. This office may have a list of persons and organizations for your use as a resource for such expert information;
  • If a summary of decisions or a partial agreement is requested by you, the charge for such a document will be based on your 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 2% of the balance due; and 
  • Both clients will be held jointly and severally liable for all charges due associated with the mediation services including but not limited to the mediation sessions and the drafting services provided by this office. 

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

Divorce Mediation Syracuse NY 
120 East Washington Street, Suite 711
Syracuse, New York 13202
(315) 422-9756 Phone (315) 479-5651 Fax
Website by Cristin Manfredi and Content by Christine Hickey
Copyright 2016 All Rights Reserved.




        Company Values

        A Place to Learn

        Mediator in Training


        Separation Agreement 

        Living Apart Agmt

        Post Divorce Mod. 

        Prenuptial Agreement

        Postnuptial Agreement 

     Starting the Process

  Divorce Mediation 


        Long Breaks Between 


        Documents Required 

​        Retainer Agreement 

        Mediation Agreement


     Mental Preparation


        Realistic Expectations 

        Profound Sadness 

        Words of Wisdom 

  Divorce Process 

     Normal Divorce 

     Extended Separation 

     ED Chart 

     Family Law Software


     Free Consultation 

     Financial Benefits 

     Veteran Discounts 

     Low Income Rate

     Forms of Payment 

​  Contact 


        Marital Residence 

        Role of Lawyers 

        What to Look for