How long does mediation take?
Although the parties are asked to sign a mediation agreement, the mediation agreement does not commit the parties to any particular number of mediation sessions. I generally schedule two-hour mediation sessions. I have found that going longer than two hours in a particular session becomes very draining emotionally and often causes the process to go backwards. Each case varies, but a typical mediation process takes between three and six sessions. It may well be that a particular mediation can be completed in one session and some situations may take more than six. However, typically issues involving parenting, child support and financial issues can be resolved within three to six sessions.