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Divorce mediation may help, but not always

The divorce process can be a beast in Pennsylvania due to the emotional and financial effects it can have on those going through it. Even when both spouses in a divorce proceeding are trying to be as reasonable as possible, the process itself can be overwhelming from a legal standpoint. Fortunately, divorce mediation may make getting divorced a faster and more amicable experience.

Mediation essentially involves using a third party, known as a mediator, to help divorcing spouses to address important matters in their divorce, such as child custody and property division. With mediation, two spouses can work toward a mutually beneficial agreement in less time than it would take to go through divorce litigation. However, mediation may not always be the best option for a married couple seeking to divorce.

Mediation may not work if one of the spouses has faced abuse or if the children have endured abuse. Likewise, it might not be effective if a future ex-spouse is simply not interested in the idea of mediation. The cooperation of both sides is necessary for this process to work. Finally, mediation is ineffective if both sides cannot reach an agreement of which they both approve.

If two spouses cannot make divorce mediation work for them, then litigation is inevitable. Both spouses will have to go to trial and have a judge make final decisions for them regarding their areas of dispute. An attorney in Pennsylvania can offer guidance during both litigation and mediation to make sure that one's rights are protected every step of the way.

Source:, "Is Mediation a Good Idea for Your Divorce?", Awais Ahmed, Oct. 4, 2017

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