Timeline for a mediation divorce

In a divorce mediation case, spouses may:

  • discuss and decide divorce topics in days,
  • sign legal documents within weeks, and
  • get a Pennsylvania divorce decree within months.

Or divorcing spouses may choose a slower pace.

Spouses are the decision makers in divorce mediation. Together, they choose how quickly or how slowly to proceed.

Steps in a mediation divorce

Cost of divorce mediation in Pennsylvania

Timeline to discuss and decide matters in divorce mediation

Within days of a free consultation about divorce mediation, spouses may discuss and decide terms of divorce with help from a mediator. These and other issues may be decided right away in divorce mediation:

  • distribution of marital property
  • spousal support
  • alimony
  • child support
  • child custody

No need to wait months—even years—for a divorce court to decide. And within a matter of weeks it is possible for spouses to sign legal documents that make terms decided in mediation enforceable. Those documents take effect as soon as they are signed.

Does each spouse need their own lawyer for a mediation divorce?

If divorcing wives and husbands choose to go slower, that is okay too. In a mediation divorce, spouses may take as much time as they need to discuss matters and sign legal documents.

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Timeline to get a Pennsylvania divorce decree

A divorce decree is a court document that changes the marital status of spouses. Pennsylvania law sets time limits on how quickly divorcing husbands and wives may get a decree.

The shortest time to get a Pennsylvania divorce decree is:

  • 90 days after filing and service of a divorce pleading, or
  • 20 days after filing and service of a divorce pleading if spouses lived separate and apart for at least one (1) year.

Add an extra 3 to 10 weeks (varies by Pennsylvania county) for filing the paperwork and processing the decree.

Divorce Mediator Dann Johns
Dann Johns,
Divorce Mediator & Attorney

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

If divorcing couples choose to take more time before consenting to a decree, that is okay. Some husbands and wives choose to stay married beyond the waiting periods listed above—to continue marital health insurance benefits, to file taxes jointly, or for personal reasons.

Benefits of divorce mediation

Cost of divorce mediation

Divorce mediation can begin when both spouses are willing

Divorce mediation can begin as soon as both spouses are willing. The first step is a free consultation about divorce mediation.

In my office, a free consultation can happen within days of a request. Because my law practice is limited to mediation divorce, I am focused and efficient. I take pride in attending to all matters promptly.

Learn more about Dann Johns, Divorce Mediator & Attorney

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Content updated 2022-09-15

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