The Vermont Superior Court Family Mediation and Parent Coordination Programs have sliding fee scales to help participants afford the services of mediators and parent coordinators.

Sliding Fee Scale for the Mediation Program

The Vermont Superior Court Family Mediation Program  has adopted a sliding fee scale to help pay for mediation. The mediator determines who qualifies for a subsidy after reviewing the Application for Subsidy form.

If you are eligible for a subsidy, mediators in the program agree to charge you an out-of-pocket hourly fee so that the total of the hourly subsidy and the out-of-pocket hourly fee equals $40. The Judiciary helps pay for up to 10 hours of subsidized services with the mediator. If you are not eligible for the subsidy, you will pay the mediator's standard hourly rate, which varies from mediator to mediator.

As shown in the table below, the subsidy is available if your household income is less than or equal to $30,000:

If your household income is at least ... And your household income is not above ... Then you qualify for an hourly subsidy of ... And your out-of-pocket hourly fee is ...
$30,000.01 No limit $0 Mediator's standard hourly fee
$27,000.01 $30,000.00 $10 $30
$24,000.01 $27,000.00 $15 $25
$21,000.01 $24,000.00 $20 $20
$18,000.01 $21,000.00 $25 $15
$0.00 $18,000.00 $30 $10

The Sliding Fee Scale for the Vermont Superior Court Family Mediation Program was last updated in March 2006.

Examples

  1. Your household income is $20,000 per year. You qualify for a subsidy of $25 per hour toward the $40 hourly fee. Accordingly, your out-of-pocket portion of the mediator's hourly fee is $15 per hour.
  2. You earn $35,000 per year and pay $7,000 in child support. The amount of annual child support is subtracted from your earnings on the Application for Subsidy, so your total income counts as $28,000. You qualify for a subsidy of $10 toward the $40 hourly fee. Your out-of-pocket portion of the mediation fee is $30 per hour.
Sliding Fee Scale for the Parent Coordination Program

The Vermont Superior Court Parent Coordination Program has adopted a sliding fee scale to help pay for parent coordination in cases of separation or divorce that involve children. Please note: The program requires parent to pay fees in 10-hour increments and in advance. Your parent coordinator will discuss fee payment terms during your initial meeting.

Parents may receive a subsidy to cover parent coordination depending on their household income, which includes gross income from wages or business activities, child support received, and public assistance received. The only reduction to household income is child support paid. Use the Application for Parent Coordination Subsidy form for the Parent Coordination Program to see if you qualify for a subsidy.

Once you have determined your household income, refer to the following chart for the subsidy:

If your household income is at least ... And your household income is not above ... Then you qualify for an hourly subsidy of ... And your out-of-pocket hourly fee is ...
$30,000.01 No limit $0 $80
$27,000.01 $30,000.00 $50 $30
$24,000.01 $27,000.00 $55 $25
$21,000.01 $24,000.00 $60 $20
$18,000.01 $21,000.00 $65 $15
Below $18,000.00 $18,000.00 $70 $10

The Sliding Fee Scale for the Vermont Superior Court Parent Coordination Program was last updated in October 2006.

If you have more than two children living with you, then you qualify for an even greater subsidy. A child lives with you if he or she spends more than 100 days per year in your home. If you have three or four children living with you, drop down one line below your household income. If you have five or six children living with you, drop down two lines below your household income. If you have seven or more children living with you, drop down three lines below your household income.

Examples

  1. Your household income is $20,000 per year, and you live with one child. You qualify for a subsidy of $65 per hour toward the $80 hourly fee for a parent coordinator. Accordingly, your out-of-pocket portion of the parent coordinator's hourly fee is $15 per hour.
  2. If your income is $20,000, in a 20-hour case you would prepay for half the time (10 hours) at the rate of $15 per hour, for a total payment of $150.