Pennsylvania residents who are getting divorced may be able to end their marriage with a negotiated settlement. Divorce mediation may be an alternative to litigation for those who want to come to an agreement through communication and understanding. The goal of mediation is to work with a neutral party to create an agreement that is fair and that adheres to state law. In many cases, mediation can be less expensive and take less time to complete compared to a lawsuit.
This process can also be less traumatic compared to going through litigation. In some instances, the court will order that a couple try mediation to resolve their divorce, and it is usually the first step in resolving child custody issues. Mediation is generally preferred because it allows the parties to have more control over the outcome of their case. Courts prefer it because it can help to reduce the number of cases currently in the system.
It is important to note that mediation is not for everyone. If a person is unable or unwilling to communicate, it may not be possible to come to a solution through informal negotiations. Furthermore, if a person is not willing to negotiate in good faith, it is unlikely that mediation will produce any sort of tangible or meaningful results.
Mediation may be an effective way to resolve a dispute that could arise as part of the divorce process. As the goal is to help all parties feel empowered, it could allow for the type of communication that is needed to overcome conflict driven by emotion. A spouse may also benefit from speaking with an experienced family law attorney.