Many people assume that settling the terms of a divorce has to take many months to complete. Of course, that can be true, especially if you and your spouse decide to hire divorce attorneys and take your divorce to the traditional court system. However, because of several factors, including that the court system in Minnesota is significantly backed up, it can take an extensive period of time to align the schedules of the court with your respective attorneys. This long process can create more stress (emotional and financial), more anxiety, and even more conflict between you and your ex. This process can last anywhere from six months to two years. During that time, it can be difficult to move forward with your separate lives and help your kids adjust to the changes.
Is Divorce Mediation Faster Than Litigation?
It is possible to resolve the terms of your divorce more quickly by using an alternative dispute resolution research like divorce mediation. When you use a divorce mediation firm to help navigate your divorce, you can expect the process to take far less time. In fact, many divorce cases can take a matter of weeks, rather than months or years. For example, you can expect to participate in 3-4 two-hour mediation sessions over the course of 6-8 weeks to resolve issues including division of property, child custody/parenting plan and spousal maintenance and/or child support. At the conclusion of your mediation sessions, you can expect to have all aspects of your divorce settlement resolved. Once your settlement is finalized, your documents will need to be processed with the court, which will take between 1-8 additional weeks.
So, if you are hoping to wrap up the divorce process quickly and with less emotional and financial stress, mediation is a very strong option to consider. It takes far less time, costs less and promotes a more collaborative approach to the process. AMS Mediation specializes in divorce mediation services for families in Minnesota. We offer all of our services virtually as well as in person to give you the most flexibility possible for the divorce process. Our staff has extensive experience with even the most complex divorce cases and can help couples find common ground, even when the marriage was characterized by conflict.
Minnesota Divorce Mediation Services
Filing for divorce does not have to take months (or longer). Reach out to the team at AMS Mediation at 952-252-1492 for more information about how our team can help you move forward.