The parties are encouraged to upon compensation for the mediator at the beginning of the mediation conference. Typically, the fee is split by the parties at the time of the mediation. Mediator’s charge between $95 and $350 per hour with the average being $175 an hour.
If a party feels they may qualify as indigent according to the Georgia guidelines for indigence, they may apply for a waiver of the mediation fee. Applications for indigence must be made through the mediation office prior to the scheduled mediation conference. Each application for indigence will be reviewed and may be subject to reimbursement of the mediation fee after the settlement of the case, should a party's financial status improve.