Divorce is a difficult time for every member of the family. In order to eliminate some of the complications that can accompany this process, many Pennsylvania families choose mediation. Mediation would allow a couple to avoid litigation, thereby saving both time and money while still resolving important divorce issues.
Mediation does not work for every couple, but if you think it could work for you, you would be wise to work with an attorney who can explain the benefits of this process and help you walk through every step. There is much at stake during a divorce, and mediation can allow you to have more control over the final order.
What is mediation?
Mediation can be a better way to divorce. It is an opportunity for both parties to have a say in the outcome of disputes and discussions, reaching an agreement crafted by both of them. A neutral third-party mediates and facilitates these discussions. This process will not only allow you to have more control over your divorce order, it will also offer the following benefits:
- Encourages direct communication between parties
- Allows people to decide their post-divorce futures for themselves
- Provides a way for people to express their emotions
- Defuses anger and allows for creative problem-solving methods
- Promotes cooperation in order to resolve disputes
- Preserves relationships between two people who will co-parent
Mediation is particularly useful for individuals who wish to work amicably with their soon-to-be ex-spouses on a joint custody or co-parenting plan. By avoiding the stress of court and crafting an individually tailored agreement, some couples find that their mediated agreements are beneficial and sustainable long into the future. Through this process, couples will resolve issues pertaining to:
- Division of assets
- Child custody
- Assignment of marital debt
- Spousal support
- Division of retirement accounts
- Child support
You have the right to keep your divorce in your own hands and out of the hands of a judge who does not know you or understand the issues and concerns unique to your family.
The alternative approach to ending your marriage
Mediation may be the right choice if you and your spouse wish to avoid a costly court battle, want to ensure that the final order addresses any special concerns and wish to avoid unnecessary delays. Divorce is difficult, but there are alternative approaches to this process that can eliminate some of the complications that come with a litigious, acrimonious battle.