Mediation divorce: How much time does it take?

In divorce mediation spouses may discuss and decide divorce terms within weeks, and get a Pennsylvania no-fault divorce decree within months. Alternatively, wives and husbands may choose a slower pace for their mediation divorce—timing is up to them.

Dann Johns, Divorce Mediator and Attorney Dann Johns, J.D.
Divorce Mediator & Attorney

  • Practice limited to mediation divorce since 2012
  • 1988 Juris Doctor degree, Dickinson School of Law
  • 1988 Attorney & Counsellor at Law, Pennsylvania Bar
  • Active attorney license PA52681
  • Member of Academy of Professional Family Mediators
  • Member of Pennsylvania Council of Mediators
  • Member of Association for Conflict Resolution

Let's break down timing for a mediation divorce into two parts:

How much time to discuss & decide terms in divorce mediation?

Divorce mediation can proceed quickly. Spouses may discuss and decide divorce terms, and sign legally binding agreements, in a matter of weeks. No need to wait months—even years—for a divorce court to decide.

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These and other issues may be decided right away in divorce mediation:

If spouses choose to take more time to discuss divorce terms and sign legal agreements, that is okay too. They may take as much time as they want or need.

Learn more about divorce mediation, and the steps in a mediation divorce.

How much time 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 husbands and wives may get a decree. The shortest time to get a no-fault divorce decree in Pennsylvania (excluding processing of paperwork) is:

Processing of divorce paperwork generally takes 2-5 weeks, depending on the county where the divorce is filed.

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Divorce Mediator & Attorney


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



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If spouses choose to take more time before consenting to a no-fault divorce decree, that is okay. Some husbands and wives are not ready to divorce so quickly. Some choose to stay married—but live apart—for continuation of marital health insurance benefits or personal reasons.

Divorce mediation can begin when both spouses are ready

Divorce mediation may begin as soon as both spouses are ready. The first step is an initial consultation about divorce mediation.

In my office, an initial consultation can occur 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 and attorney.

Is divorce mediation right for your Pennsylvania divorce?

Consider sharing this website with your spouse. If both of you are interested in divorce mediation, the next step is to schedule a divorce mediation consultation with Dann Johns, Divorce Mediator & Attorney.


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