When a couple goes through a divorce, they sometimes look into alternative methods that exist outside of the court. While these are not always possible for all couples to do, they can be favorable for others. Settling a divorce outside of court gives couples the opportunity to determine their divorce arrangements on their own without the assistance of a judge. One commonly used method of divorce is mediation.
The process of mediation lets spouses work together in order to negotiate the terms of their divorce. This is done with the help of an unbiased third party instead of a judge. Though, unlike a judge, the third party does not make decisions for the spouses. During mediation, spouses discuss any marital issues that have not been resolved and make decisions on their own terms. The mediator is present to listen to both spouses and assist them in reaching decisions that best suit their circumstances. Topics of discussion that take place in mediation may include child custody, child support, the division of assets, and alimony.
Benefits of Mediation
There are many benefits to using divorce mediation instead of a divorce through trial. Spouses often feel better about reaching the end of their relationship when they are able to decide the outcome of their separation themselves. The benefits of divorce through mediation may include:
- Control: When a couple chooses to divorce through a trial, a judge will make the decisions regarding their marital issues. Mediation gives spouses control over the outcome by making their own decisions.
- Confidentiality: Mediation is an entirely confidential process. Neither spouse or the third party involved is allowed to speak about any information shared about during mediation. They also cannot use it against one other. This allows both spouses to be open and honest with one another.
- Speed: Mediation can be a quicker process than other methods of divorce. How long it lasts can be dependent on the couple and how many marital issues they have to resolve.
- Cost: Mediation is more cost-effective than divorcing through trial. Trials can become expensive for the couple as well as the state of Pennsylvania.
- Choice: Spouses are never required to participate in mediation. Couples have the option to participate, as it is a voluntary process that allows spouses to discuss and resolve the divorce their way.
- Family: When a couple uses mediation, it typically benefits any family involved. Trials can sometimes become hostile, while mediation allows for healthy conversations. This is especially favorable for families with children.
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