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How long does mediation take?

You have likely heard stories of high-profile divorce cases in Los Angeles and elsewhere lasting for years. Oftentimes, this may be due to the significant assets involved, but it is also often a result of the acrimony they participants for each other and the continuous motions filed in response to their partners' actions. You, on the other hand, may simply be looking for a fast and uncomplicated end to your marriage, which is why so many may be recommending that you and your soon to be ex-spouse pursue mediation. This, of course, then begs the question of how long mediation actually takes? 

It may be difficult to provide a completely accurate answer to that question given that your divorce case is unique from any other. A better response may be to share the time involved in working through mediation. Given that your meetings are held in an informal setting (outside of a courtroom), coupled with the particularly sensitive nature of the topics being discussed, mediators understand the length of time needed to achieve results. Most mediation sessions last 1-2 hours, which helps keep discussions focused on issues and free of unproductive discourse. Following this process, most cases can be resolved with 3-4 sessions spread across 1-2 months. However, more complex cases may require more time. 

This highlights another question many have about mediation, which is how in-depth are the proceedings? You may worry that the less-formal setting may make it easier for your spouse to not be completely forthcoming about assets and other issues. Yet mediators will call in as many resources as needed (e.g., accountants, bankers, investment brokers) to ensure accuracy, just as you might expect in litigation. This may prolong your process to a few months, yet may likely translate to a more favorable result. 

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