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Timeline for a mediation divorce

In a divorce mediation case, spouses may:

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.

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:

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.

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.

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:

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.

Divorce mediation can begin when both spouses are willing

Divorce mediation can begin as soon as both spouses are willing to meet with a mediator. 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.

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.