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Want an amicable divorce? Consider mediation

Divorce mediation can be an effective tool to help divorcing couples part ways amicably while keeping conflict to a minimum.
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    December 17, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Want an amicable divorce? Consider mediation

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Divorce is often a highly stressful and contentious process, especially when spouses disagree over important issues like property division and child custody. Fortunately, it does not always have to be this way. Couples in Pennsylvania who wish to end their marriages as amicably as possible have the option of seeking a resolution through a process known as divorce mediation.

Divorce mediation is method of dispute resolution that takes place outside of the typical courtroom setting. It can be used to settle disagreements about child custody and visitation, division of property and most other issues related to divorce in Pennsylvania.

How does divorce mediation work?

During the divorce mediation process, both spouses meet together with a mediator who will guide them through the process of identifying issues, brainstorming possible solutions and negotiating toward a resolution. The mediator is an impartial third party and will not take sides in the negotiation process or try to influence the outcome. Rather than determining the outcome, the mediator facilitates communication and helps provide structure to the conversation.

One of the most important things to understand about divorce mediation is the fact that it is the spouses themselves who control the outcome. By allowing couples to reach their own agreements that account for each person's needs and priorities, mediation often yields more favorable results for everyone involved. In contrast, the traditional divorce litigation process often pits the interests of one spouse against those of the other, often leaving very little room for problem solving or compromise.

Who may benefit from divorce mediation?

Mediation can be a good fit for almost any couple during divorce, but it is especially helpful for those who are interested in maintaining an amicable relationship after the divorce. For instance, parents of young children may choose to mediate their divorce as a way to help facilitate a positive and functional co-parenting relationship. Similarly, spouses who share business interests may be interested in mediation to help minimize conflict during the divorce and maintain a cooperative working relationship.

In some states, mediation is a mandatory part of the divorce process. In Pennsylvania, however, this is not the case. Thus, in order to mediate a divorce in Pennsylvania, both spouses must voluntarily agree to participate in the process. If you would like to learn more about mediation and how it could help you and your spouse part ways with a minimum of conflict, contact a divorce lawyer with experience in mediation.

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