Pennsylvania couples who are considering divorce may wonder whether to choose a more collaborative or adversarial system of resolving issues such as property division and child custody. Each approach has advantages and disadvantages.
Whether fathers should be able to receive child support from mothers is up for debate in many circles. While some people think that fathers deserve the right in certain situations, others believe that fathers do not deserve the right because they are the natural providers. Pennsylvania parents could gain some insight on the matter from a high-profile case.
Hashing out issues in court with competing attorneys is not the only approach to divorce in Pennsylvania. Professional mediators guide hostile parties of all kinds toward making the decisions necessary to reach agreements.
Many Pennsylvanians think that getting a divorce will involve bitter, costly and protracted court litigation. However, one alternative to litigation is divorce mediation, an alternative process that is aimed at helping couples to reach a full settlement agreement.
Many Pennsylvania couples believe that the end of a marriage always entail drawn-out litigation through the courts. There are alternatives to litigation of divorce matters, however, including a type of process called collaborative divorce.
Much has been made recently of Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck's decision to settle their divorce outside of court. In an era where many couples spend fortunes on divorce attorneys, mediation can have many benefits. The biggest benefit may be that it can shield any children the couple may have from some or all of the trauma that divorce may bring.
Even though there are 28 same-sex couples who have filed a state lawsuit asking for a judge to overthrow Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage, lawyers from the state are actively defending the ban. If Pennsylvania does get same-sex marriage, it will be a ways off.
According to some within the divorce industry, January to March sees more divorces than other times of the year. Although some dispute that assertion, this time of year still has the reputation of having the highest rate of divorce. Whether people in Blue Bell are seeing a similar rise remains to be seen, but for those individuals considering divorce, it may be time to look for a family law lawyer who can help guide a couple through a collaborative divorce.