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Divorce mediation: Trial may be unavoidable in certain cases

Moving forward with the dissolution of a marriage in Pennsylvania can understandably leave a person struggling with a wide range of emotions. One the one hand, he or she may be happy to break free from an unfulfilling marriage. At the same time, this individual might not look forward to the conflict he or she may face during the divorce proceeding. However, in some marriages that are rife with problems, divorce is the only solution. Here are some signs that going through divorce trial, or perhaps opting for divorce mediation, may be appropriate given the circumstances.

Divorce mediation may help during divorce involving children

Individuals in Pennsylvania typically walk down the aisle with the goal of keeping their marriages intact long term. Unfortunately, irreconcilable differences make this impossible to achieve sometimes, and although this can certainly take an emotional toll on the spouses, it can be even more problematic for young children. Fortunately, when divorce cannot be avoided, divorce mediation can help to make the marital breakup process as amicable as possible for the entire family. Here are a couple of other steps that parents can take to make divorce easier on the children.

Spouses can maintain their mental health in divorce mediation

Navigating a marital dissolution can be tricky no matter how long or short of a time two people have been married. This is true whether two divorcing spouses choose to go through divorce mediation or proceed to trial. Here is a glimpse at what those going through divorce in Pennsylvania can do to maintain their emotional and mental health during this process.

Are divorce and college incompatible?

Ending a marriage is not easy, especially when there are many different issues to consider. Pennsylvania parents often have to consider not only their own needs and wants, but also those of their children. Although most parents do their best, a recent study indicated that some may need to focus a little more closely on their children's future educational opportunities when going through the divorce. 

Divorce mediation may involve splitting children's expenses

The dissolution of a marriage is never truly easy to experience either emotionally or financially. However, it can be particularly difficult for those who have children -- and especially if their divorce takes place around the beginning of a child's school year. The question of who covers a child's expenses during the school year can easily become a major source of conflict during divorce mediation or at divorce trial in Pennsylvania.

Divorce mediation may make property distribution easier

Conflict is a common part of the dissolution of a marriage. This is true even in the most amicable of marital breakup situations. However, deciding to go through divorce mediation from the start -- from the moment that the divorce papers are filed -- may make the process easier overall.

Life following divorce mediation has its benefits

Going through the dissolution of a marriage in Pennsylvania is generally not a bed of roses. This is true even when two spouses decide to go through divorce mediation, which is oftentimes less hostile than traditional divorce litigation is. However, divorce does offer a couple of major benefits to those going through it.

Alimony deduction's disappearance may affect divorce mediation

Dissolving a marriage in Pennsylvania is not a simple process. However, it can be even more harrowing from a financial standpoint for the spouse who decided to stay home with the children and thus does not generate any income. This is true whether the couple decide to go through divorce mediation or go to trial to tackle their financial issues. Fortunately, alimony may help the non-earning parent financially after the marital breakup. Unfortunately, the future disappearance of the alimony deduction may cause more financial issues for both spouses, which is why it has sparked criticism.

If counseling doesn't work, try divorce mediation

Getting divorced in Pennsylvania can be one of the most difficult emotional and financial events one may experience. However, sometimes, it is unavoidable, in which case going through divorce mediation or traditional divorce litigation is necessary. However, in other cases, couples may want to try counseling first before filing divorce papers.

Divorce mediation may help with address financial matters

Although the dissolution of a marriage in Pennsylvania can be difficult emotionally, it can be just as challenging financially. This is true no matter a couple's net worth or how long they have been married. A few tips may help those going through divorce to protect themselves financially, including planning a budget, planning to work in the future, and taking advantage of divorce mediation.

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