How Long Will My Divorce or Custody Mediation Process Take?
One of the benefits of mediation in divorce or custody is that the parties can control the speed of the process. You don’t have to wait for the court’s schedule to permit you to deal with issues of child custody, division of property (known as Equitable Distribution in Pennsylvania) or support (child support, spousal support or alimony pendente lite). The number of sessions and the length of time needed to complete the process varies with each case. Here are some things you can do to help streamline the process:
1. Assemble current information on your finances (information regarding your assets and debts).
2. Collect information on your current income and the current income for your spouse.
3. Gather information on your incomes for prior years (often times tax returns for several years and the supporting documents for those returns are helpful).
4. Know your schedule, your spouse’s schedule and the schedules for your children so you are prepared to discuss issues of child custody.
5. Consult with an attorney who will be available for you during the process to review interim agreements and any final agreements reached in mediation.
When you speak with the mediator who will work with you, he or she may request that you compile additional information specific to your situation but the above items will give you a good head start.
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