Everyone has heard horror stories about how long it takes for some couples to get divorced through litigation. Sometimes years (as well as tens of thousands of dollars). But, how long does it take to get divorced if you go through divorce mediation? That's the first question from a lot of our divorce mediation clients at Westfield Mediation, LLC. And the answer is that divorce mediation goes much faster than litigation. Exactly how fast, really depends on you.
For clients who go through divorce mediation, the process generally takes 4 - 6 sessions with a mediator. Most people schedule them 2-3 weeks apart, to give themselves time to gather information and materials, and to think about the issues. In our experience, it can be useful to have some down time in between sessions to give your plans some extra thought and consideration.
Still, some couples are in a hurry to to move forward, and want to meet every week; while others meet at longer intervals, either because they are in no rush, or because they want to tie up some loose ends before going forward. In other cases, clients choose to move more slowly because they want to space out the payments for mediation.
So how long does mediation take? Start to finish, the divorce mediation process can be as short as a few weeks, or as long as you want it to be.