Straightforward Prices

Few Divorce firms are straightforward about the real cost to separate and divorce in Ontario. Even fewer will give you the realistic prices of their processes up front.

Separation and Divorce Prices

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SEPARATE IN ONTARIO?

Truthfully, nobody can perfectly predict exactly how much it’s going to cost you to separate…. Ultimately that comes down to you and your spouse.

BUT, the cost of your divorce is going to be a combination of the following factors: 
1) The level of acrimony and hostility between you and your spouse.
2) The willingness of you and your spouse to work together.
3) The Legal Process that you both choose to negotiate your Separation Agreement.
4) The amount and the complexity of your financial and property issues.
5) The extent that you involve lawyers to assist you.

Family Mediation: Prices 1

Multiple Prices, Package Bundles
and Processes
You decide what best fits your family.

Common Sense Divorce PLUS

Full Service Mediation Plan

Low to Mid Conflict Separations

Common Sense Divorce PLUS

Full Service Mediation Plan

For Low to Medium Conflict couples that seek mediation because they are committed to working together to keep the separation out of the court system, but also require extra individual legal advice from a family lawyer.

$5695

Common Sense Divorce Plus

Mediation With Extra Lawyer Assistance
$5695 Per Spouse
  • Financial Disclosure & Review
  • 5 Mediation Sessions
  • CDFA Financial & Tax Session
  • Separation Memo Plan (MOU)
  • 5 Hours Individual Legal Advice
  • Lawyer Drafted Separation Agreement
  • = Additional Features For This Package
  • Divorce Decree Application

The Common Sense Divorce

Bundled Mediation Plan

Low to Medium Conflict

The Common Sense Divorce

Bundled Mediation Plan

For Low to Medium Conflict couples that seek mediation because they are committed to working together to keep the separation out of the court system, keeping costs manageable and keeping the acrimony low.

$4495

The Common Sense Divorce

Bundled Mediation Plan
$4495 Per Spouse
  • Financial Disclosure & Review
  • 5 Mediation Sessions
  • CDFA Financial & Tax Session
  • Separation Memo Plan (MOU)
  • Independent Legal Review
  • Lawyer Drafted Separation Agreement
  • Divorce Decree Application
  • = ALL INCLUDED
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Lawyer-Led Negotiations

Litigation Retainer

Mid to High Conflict Separations

Lawyer Led Negotiations

Litigation Retainer

Not every situation can be dealt with in Mediation or perhaps your spouse is unwilling to consider Mediation. Lawyer Led-Negotiations are for Medium to High conflict couples that require the full assistance of a litigation lawyer.

$6495

Lawyer Led Negotiations

Litigation Retainer
Starting at $6495 Per Spouse
  • Financial Disclosure & Review
  • 12 Hour Lawyer Retainer
  • = Additional Features For This Package
  • Additional Legal Hours @ Discounted Rates
  • CDFA Financial & Tax Session
  • Court filing Fees
  • Lawyer Drafted Separation Agreement
  • Divorce Decree Application

Uncontested Divorce Application

Divorce Decree Application For After You Have Created Your Separation Agreement

Uncontested Divorce Application

An Uncontested Divorce means that all of your Separation Documents have been finalized, all issues have been addressed and you are ready to file for your divorce decree.

Uncontested Divorce Application.
We take care of the court filings, the court fees, the serving of papers and all of the running around.
$1795

PRICES: Apples to Apples

Family Mediation Prices Divorce Ontario

When you are researching and making decisions regarding legal processes, it is important to understand the real costs involved.

Typically, the least expensive legal process (and fastest) will be family mediation, and then more expensive, collaborative law.  The most expensive process will be a traditional litigation lawyer, especially if court is involved.

Many, if not most lawyers, mediators and financial professionals will bill you “by the hour” which is then broken down by a minimum of “6 minute increments.”  For example if a professional’s billable rate is $400 per hour, then each “6 minute increment” will cost you $40. If you spoke to them on the phone for 10 minutes you will be billed for two “6 minute increments” or $80.

Typically a lawyer’s hourly rate is reflective of how many years they have been practising law.  A more expensive rate does not automatically mean they are a better lawyer.  It means they have been practising longer.

Conversely a lower priced professional does not mean that they will save you money.  A professional charging $250 per hour may need 10 hours to complete what a $400 professional could accomplish in 5 hours.

Not all good Family Law Mediators are lawyers and not all Family Law lawyers make good mediators.  Mediation is a very specific skillset and what makes one a good lawyer does not always make one a good mediator. Mediators who are lawyers will be more expensive.

Not all legal process prices will include everything that will be required to get you to completion.  In all processes you will pay for the professionals involved.  But not all pricing clearly indicates that you will also be required to pay for Financial Disclosure, Drafting of an Agreement, sharing documents with the other side, disbursements, reviewing and communications, Court Fees, or as is the case with mediation, Independent Legal Advice (ILA) at the end of your process.  Be sure to fully understand what is included in the price and what is not.

A retainer does not mean the final price.  A retainer is the amount that is the deposit on the work being accomplished on your behalf.  It is not unusual for a professional to require you to “top up” the retainer two or three times.

Deciding on a legal process, should not be based on price alone.  The best process is the process that works best for your family.  Make your decisions based on the realities of your situation, the qualifications of the professionals involved and ultimately what is a good fit for you and your situation.

Family Mediation: Prices 2

What It Means When Your Spouse Suggests Mediation

  1. Mediation is typically cheaper than lawyers or the courts
  2. Mediation tends to be the faster divorce process
  3. The courts will require you to consider mediation first
  4. Mediation has an excellent success rate