Individuals in Pennsylvania who are divorcing may want to consider using a mediator to negotiate issues such as child custody, support and property division. While mediation is not the right solution for every couple, in some cases, it can be less expensive and less stressful than a divorce that takes place in a courtroom between two adversarial parties.
Mediation is not suitable in a relationship where there has been domestic violence or where there is a great deal of conflict between the spouses. However, if it appears that the two individuals may be able to negotiate their differences, it may be a good solution. Mediation does not guarantee that negotiations will remain calm. Because the issues and emotions dealt with during divorce are often contentious, there may be difficult moments even during mediation. However, a mediator is trained to listen to both sides and work toward a solution that benefits all the parties involved, and it may be possible to get past any conflicts that arise.
Another advantage of mediation is that it is better suited than a courtroom for coming up with unique solutions that fit the circumstances of the family involved. Furthermore, mediation may be a better solution in relationships where there are children because it encourages cooperation between parents.
A couple who has amicably agreed to separate may want to look into family mediation. For example, they may need to decide what to do with a house they both own, how to split custody of their children and whether the lower-income spouse should receive support. Each spouse might meet separately with the mediator and describe their ideal solution. Then, the mediator could sit down with the spouses and their attorneys and help reach a suitable compromise.