The traditional litigated divorce process exploits the conflict and draws out the process. Divorce mediation, on the other hand, focuses on the areas of shared interest or agreement (no matter how small) and builds from there. As a result, full agreement can be reached through mediation quite quickly – in a matter of hours, not months.
A general rule of thumb is that it will take between 5 to 10 sessions to bring about resolution through mediation. This means that mediated settlements are usually reached in a matter of weeks or months, not years.
The sessions are generally two hours long spread out over a matter of weeks, or they may be more intensive longer sessions that resolve the terms of the divorce in a single session. The scheduling and design of mediation sessions entirely depends on the issues in dispute and needs of those in conflict – not the mediator.