Factors that Influence the Length of Divorce Mediation
Divorce mediation is frequently used as a way to shorten the length of the divorce process, especially when compared to divorce litigation. However, there are still some factors that could make the mediation process itself take shorter or longer.
Some of these factors include:
- Wealth: The number of assets you have and the value of those assets will influence how long it takes to get through the process of asset division. The more assets you have, the longer you can expect it to take, especially if there are high-value assets at stake.
- Children: If you have children, expect the process to take longer. Child custody is usually the most contentious issue for parents. A significant portion of your mediation sessions may end up being devoted to this single issue.
- Issues: The total number of issues you need to work through will also play a role in how long the process will take. If you and your spouse have already reached agreements on some of the issues outside of mediation or the court system, this will help the process go by much faster. The more you’re able to settle yourselves, the less time you’ll have to spend in mediation.
- Personalities: Personality clashes and unwillingness to compromise could significantly lengthen the time it takes you to work through your issues in mediation. If both parties come with an open mind and willingness to hear each other out, this will go a long way in helping to simplify the process. Usually if both parties agreed to mediation and both agree they want to get through the matter as quickly as possible, this lays the groundwork for an efficient and successful mediation.
To learn more about the mediation process and how to achieve success in it, contact an experienced Long Island divorce lawyer at Solutions Divorce Mediation.