How Long Does Mediation Take?

How Long does Mediation Take?

The answer on the question how long does Mediation take depends on how many family law issues need to be resolved. In divorce or other family related matters assets division, child custody, child visitation, child and spousal support are the main subjects which need to be discussed. Sometimes spouses have agreed on some or most issues of divorce and need to resolve only one issue. In this situation one session of mediation will be enough. Some mediators prefer to have one-hour individual sessions with each party before doing joint session. They let you to tell the mediator what they desire in the divorce confidentially. Our approach is different. We do joint session letting couple tell their position of the divorce issues which need to be resolved, why it is important to them to do the way they want it to be done and listen each other while we are directing the communication. The joint session last three hours in average.  If we see the outcome is not coming as fast and efficient as we are expecting, we might need to stop joint session and speak with one or both spouses in privately in order to move forward.

How long does Mediation take depends also on the couple’s ability to cooperate. Both spouses must realize that they are losing part of something during a divorce.  Each spouse will have less time with children, living in difference places more expensive than sharing one household.

Important to point that psychological  timeline dissociation from the marriage is another factor How long does Mediation take. If one spouse emotionally ready for divorce, but another is not, it might take longer to come into agreement and we a mediator might need a couple sessions to make a mutually comfortable and mutually beneficial agreement.

Usually property division takes two hours one session. Child custody, visitation and child support could be combined in one three hours session. Spousal support can be two hours one session.

We are very flexible in adjusting the duration of the sessions. If the conflict is high and our client feel like they need a break to accumulate their energy and stay on task we are very flexible.

Mediation is often promoted as a quicker resolution process compared to litigation. However, the actual time it takes to mediate and settle family law issues can vary considerably based on several factors:

1. **Complexity of the issues**: More complex cases with numerous or high-value assets or complicated child custody situations might require more time for both parties to reach a satisfactory agreement.

2. **Number and length of sessions**: Mediation may require multiple sessions, and as mentioned, those sessions might last anywhere from one to three hours or more, depending on what needs to be discussed and agreed upon.

3. **Readiness of the parties**: Both parties need to be willing to participate in the process genuinely. If one party is less ready emotionally or is in denial about the divorce, this can slow down the discussions.

4. **Amount of preparation**: Parties that come well-prepared with financial documents, clear objectives, and a willingness to compromise can significantly expedite the process.

5. **The mediator’s approach**: Different mediators have different styles. Some prefer shorter, more frequent meetings, while others may opt for longer, less frequent sessions that try to tackle more at once.

6. **Level of conflict**: High-conflict situations may require more time as the mediator works to de-escalate tensions and facilitate productive communication.

On average, a full mediation process for a divorce could take anywhere from a couple of weeks to several months. Some mediations conclude in just a few sessions, whereas others could take longer, especially if there are periodic breaks or a need for additional individual sessions.

It’s worth noting that even with these variables, mediation is generally still faster than going to trial. Ultimately, the efficiency of mediation is largely contingent on the cooperation and preparedness of the parties involved and the skill of the mediator facilitating the process.