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Steps in a mediation divorce

A typical divorce mediation case has three steps:

  1. Spouses meet with a mediator to discuss divorce topics.
  2. Legal documents are drafted, reviewed, and signed.
  3. A decree changing marital status is requested from a court.

NOTE: In Pennsylvania, this third step is done by submitting paperwork. Spouses are not required to set foot in court.

Husbands and wives may move through these three steps quite quickly, or as slowly as they wish. In divorce mediation, spouses choose the pace that is best for themselves and their family.

STEP 1: Divorce mediation sessions

Divorce mediation sessions are meetings of both spouses with their mediator. During this first step in a mediation divorce:

NOTE: In my practice, about 9 in 10 divorcing couples reach an agreement.

Most sessions last two to three hours. More than one mediation session may be needed. Divorce mediation sessions can be held in person or by Zoom.

Spouses may feel anxious before and during a mediation session, but their divorce mediator will help them:

Spouses who had difficulty communicating recently may be surprised by how productive and peaceful mediation sessions can be.

STEP 2: Legal documents in a mediation divorce

Most divorce mediation cases include reviewing and signing legal documents. Legal documents are drafted after spouses have discussed all important divorce topics with their mediator.

The legal document or documents needed in your case will be discussed at a free consultation about divorce mediation. Here is a list of Pennsylvania divorce documents that may apply:

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Dann Johns,
Divorce Mediator & Attorney

An entire divorce mediation case that includes discussing and deciding important topics, signing Pennsylvania legal documents, and getting a Pennsylvania divorce decree can be completed in my office.

NOTE: Divorcing parents are not required to sign a Child Support Agreement or Child Custody Agreement. Even if they choose not to sign these documents, divorcing moms and dads can still discuss child support and child custody topics with help from their mediator.

After documents are drafted, each spouse can take whatever time they need to review those documents before signing. Either spouse may choose to have their own attorney review documents before signing.

STEP 3: Pennsylvania decree

A divorce decree is a court order that changes the marital status of divorcing spouses. Getting a decree of divorce, when both spouses are ready, is the third step in a typical mediation divorce.

Husbands and wives who reach an out-of-court agreement can get a Pennsylvania divorce decree without setting foot in court. This step is handled by submitting paperwork to a court.

With my help, divorcing husbands and wives may request a decree from any county court in Pennsylvania. They may choose:

Options about where to file are discussed during divorce mediation sessions, so spouses may make an informed decision together.

Divorce mediation for you and your spouse

Consider sharing this website with your spouse. If both of you are interested in a mediation divorce, the next step is to schedule a free consultation about divorce mediation.

To learn more about peaceful divorce, check out these articles about divorce mediation in Pennsylvania.

I wish you and your spouse much peace and well-being!

Dann Johns
Divorce Mediator & Attorney

Content updated February 22, 2023

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Dann Johns is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania. Practice limited to divorce mediation cases.