One of the most common questions I’ve been asked about divorce over the years is how long the process takes to be completed. There are many variables that go into answering this question, but one thing is certain—pre-suit mediation provides a much quicker path to the end of the divorce process, and at a substantially reduced cost.
In Florida, the average contested divorce takes approximately one year, and the length of time can increase dramatically if the issues are particularly complex or the parties are being excessively adversarial towards each other. Unfortunately, this only extends the trauma and delays the opportunity for the parties to heal and come to terms with a new phase of their lives. It goes without saying that the costs will also be dramatically higher in this scenario, with billable hours continuing to accrue month after agonizing month.
On the contrary, parties that decide to use pre-suit mediation can expect to complete the whole process in as little as 1 to 3 months, and sometimes even less than that, depending on how many issues need to be discussed and resolved. Additionally, assuming all issues have been fully worked out through pre-suit mediation, neither party will ever be compelled to attend court hearings. At Healthy Family Mediation Center, we also provide affordable flat-fee packages that cover most circumstances, allowing the parties to avoid hourly billing and participate in the process without significant legal fees clouding their thoughts.
Please visit our website, www.healthyfamilymediation.com, or call us at (239) 529-3549, today to learn more about pre-suit mediation and how to avoid the unhealthy effects of traditional adversarial divorce litigation.