I spend a lot of time answering questions from potential mediation clients, which I love to do by the way. There really isn’t a lot of reliable information out there about what mediation is (and isn’t) – or about the divorce process in general – so educating people going through this time of their lives is an important part of what I do.
Inevitably one of the questions that comes up is some form of “how long does mediation take/how many sessions will we need?”
And then I have to give the most unsatisfactory answer of all time: “It Depends.”
But it really does depend on many factors. Listed below are just a few things that can influence the number of sessions needed.
My clients enjoy being able to make their own decisions and be in charge of their own outcomes. Sometimes that can be achieved in one session and sometimes it takes ten sessions. I would say both of those time frames are on the extreme ends of the scale. And as you can see by the list above, there are some things you can do to come into mediation more prepared.
But really, IT DEPENDS.
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