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How Long Does Divorce Mediation Typically Last?

How Long Does Divorce Mediation Typically Last?

Divorce mediation is a process in which you and your spouse both attend sessions with a third-party mediator whose job it is to guide you through making decisions to come up with your own agreement.

Mediation is designed to help people avoid a stressful and expensive court trial. Mediation is much less expensive than court litigation, and will almost always be faster. The parties share the cost of the professional instead of each spouse having to pay their own lawyer.

How long you can expect your mediation process to last, will really depend on the individual circumstances of your case, including:

Your assets: More assets makes for a more complicated divorce process. Even if you agree on most of the issues, it may take a while to gather documents with needed information.

Child custody: If you have minor children, expect to spend time working through parenting schedules and other child related issues.

Number of issues: How many total issues do you need to work through in mediation? These include asset distribution, child custody, child support, alimony, business interests, finances, investments and more. The more issues you need to cover, the longer you can expect mediation to take.

Your willingness to negotiate: If both parties come in unwilling to compromise, your mediation will last long. The best, fastest results from divorce mediation come when both parties are actually willing to negotiate and are cordial with each other.