How Long After Mediation Is Divorce Final?

How Long After Mediation Is Divorce Final

Many couples find that having their marriage resolved through mediation to be the best method for their situation. Mediation has become an increasingly more popular option for divorcing couples because it provides a private and affordable alternative that gives complete control to the spouses. Another major reason many couples choose mediation for their divorce is because it typically takes way less time to complete negotiations and come to an amicable divorce agreement. This is because unlike in litigated divorces that can be drawn out for months, with back and forth communications between parties, mediation puts both spouses in the same room to discuss their division of property, debt, and responsibilities. In many cases, when couples truly wish to work together to make the divorce work, mediation can be completed in only one meeting. This can help your divorce become finalized much quicker than other methods of divorce. However, just because you and your spouse are able to agree on the terms of your divorce quickly, there are still some statewide requirements you must meet before the divorce can become finalized.  


Each state has different laws surrounding the requirements of divorce. In Texas, a no-fault state, there is a minimum 60 day waiting period after filing for a divorce before it can be officially recognized and finalized. This 60 day waiting period begins from the day the original petition for divorce is filed with the court. This means that in a perfect world, a divorce can be completed in 61 days in the state of Texas. However, this is the absolute minimum amount of time a divorce can take. For many families divorces are much more complicated and have the potential to last longer, even in the event of a litigated divorce. In fact, when looking at the average divorce period, you will find they last somewhere between 90 to 120 days after the original petition for divorce is filed.


If you are looking for an alternative to traditional divorce, mediation may be best for you. Dawn Renken is a Licensed Mediator through ADR Services International Inc, since 2014. Her services help you to dissolve your marriage in a private and affordable manner. Contact Renken Law Firm to learn more about our mediation services, and how we can help you through your divorce.


Divorce Mediation in Galveston TX

Renken Law Firm is here to help couples who wish to dissolve their marriage, whether that be through divorce or legal separation. We are here to help those who are ending marriages that have been contested, uncontested, or collaborative. We are fully prepared to help you navigate the specifics of your case. We proudly serve the Greater Houston area, including but not limited to Brazos County, Cypress, Fort Bend County, Galveston, Houston Heights, Houston, Humble, Katy, Kingwood, Memorial Houston, Montgomery County, Montrose, Richmond, Rosenberg, Spring, The Woodlands. All marriages are different, making each divorce equally unique with its own set of needs that must be addressed. Contact our law office to explore your options moving forward, and find out how we can help you.


Renken Law Firm, PLLC
11500 Northwest Fwy #618
Houston, TX 77092
(713) 956-6767