Using an alternative dispute resolution method, like mediation, to settle on terms of a divorce is a viable option for many couples.
What is a mediation and how long does the process take?
Divorce mediation allows couples to forego court hearings and attempt to devise mutually beneficial divorce terms. If you and your spouse agree to use this method, a mediator will act as a neutral third party in the process. Their role is to facilitate agreement, not make decisions or determinations on anyone’s behalf.
Process and timeframe
Going this route is typically quick and the process is relatively simple. This is a large part of why people choose this method. There is no definitive amount of time, however many couples complete mediation in 3-6 months. There are steps you should take to prepare for the sessions.
Gather the documents you might need. These can include pay stubs, tax documents, bank account balances, property valuations and any other financial documents. You should also have a few priorities and goals in mind. What do you hope to keep or gain from this resolution, and what are you willing to part with?
You and your spouse will need to choose a mediator and the three of you will meet to negotiate the terms. The number of meetings necessary will vary based on your individual circumstances.
As long as you are open to compromise and willing to negotiate, an alternative dispute resolution may be the best choice for you and your partner.