One of the most common questions that we are asked by our clients is how long they should expect the divorce mediation process to take. Every divorce is unique, and the settlement process can be different for different couples. In general, you can expect to participate in 3-4 two hour mediation sessions over the course of a few months. This can be a bit shorter or longer depending on the readiness of both parties to resolve the issues and the emotional state of each party. Johnson Mediation focuses on helping you navigate every aspect of the divorce process, from start to finish, so that you can move forward with your life, rather than focusing on the pain of the past.
Divorce Mediation Process
Divorce mediation sessions can focus on solving all aspects of the divorce settlement. This includes how you and your ex decide to divide all of the property that you share as well as your joint assets and debt. You can also develop a parenting plan to guide how you will share the custody of your kids and decide whether spousal maintenance or child support is necessary in your case. Your mediator serves as a neutral third party to help guide your discussion but will not make these important decisions for you. You and your spouse are empowered to reach a divorce agreement that works best for your family.
Can Divorce Mediation Work For You?
Divorce mediation can work even if you have significant conflict with your ex. Litigation often makes the divorce process more adversarial, while mediation reduces the overall level of conflict. Litigation also takes much longer to complete. If you go through the courts, you can expect to spend six months or longer, in large part because you have to wait on open court dates and the lawyer’s schedules to line up. Mediation allows you to move forward much more quickly, which reduces the stress and financial impact of the process.
The Minnesota courts now even encourage couples to try mediation before beginning the litigation process. If you are moving toward a divorce and want to learn more about the mediation process, our team can answer your questions and even offer a free consultation to couples who are moving toward the process. Jeff Johnson has been through a divorce himself and brings personal and professional experience to each case he works on. For more information, call us at 952-401-7599.