How long will it take to finalize our divorce using mediation?
The minimum amount of time for any divorce in California is six months and one day. The state enforces this minimum waiting period. The waiting period begins the day that the divorce petition is served on the spouse who did not file the petition.
Litigated divorces almost never finalize after just six months. Litigation is time-consuming, and litigated divorces rely largely on court hearings to resolve issues. Overbooked California courts consistently push back hearings for months, and, as a result, litigated divorces often take years.
While mediation does not guarantee that a divorce will be completed during a specific time period, successful mediation can move much more quickly than litigation.
Ultimately, mediation can help ensure that a divorce will take the time that it needs, but no more. Divorcing spouses can choose to give each issue an appropriate amount of time while keeping control of the process, and they can keep the process moving forward at the pace they choose.
Other Frequently Asked Questions about Mediation
- How can I know that my mediator will be neutral and unbiased?
- How do I choose a divorce mediator?
- How long will it take to finalize our divorce using mediation?
- How much does divorce mediation cost?
- If I divorce through mediation, will I need a lawyer?
- If I use divorce mediation, will I have to go to court?
- Is mediation the same as collaborative divorce?
- What are the residency requirements for the divorce of a same-sex couple in California?
- What if we begin mediation, but we find that we cannot agree on some issues?
- Will a divorce impact my ability to collect Social Security benefits on the work record of my ex?