What Is Divorce Mediation?
Many couples prefer to settle their divorce privately rather than proceed to court and leave the final decisions to a judge. Two forms of alternative dispute resolution that couples can choose instead are collaborative divorce and mediation.
In mediation, spouses work with a neutral mediator to reach a mutually satisfactory divorce settlement. The process is focused on discussion and negotiation rather than proving each other wrong or winning a trial. In mediation, both parties come together to compromise on issues such as property division, child custody and visitation schedules, and alimony.
The attorneys at McMorrow Law, LLC, have extensive experience in family law and can help you if you are interested in resolving your divorce through mediation. We have helped numerous couples in Wexford and the Pittsburgh area of Pennsylvania reach beneficial solutions to their divorces through mediation.
What Are The Benefits Of Mediation?
There are several benefits that mediation has over litigation. While a trial is necessarily adversarial and competitive, mediation emphasizes cooperation and amicability. It can help spouses maintain positive relationships, which is especially beneficial for parents who must continue to work together.
Mediation is private, while court is public, and spouses have much more control over their divorce settlement. At trial, a judge makes the final decision, and it may not be either spouse’s desired outcome. It can also be significantly faster to privately mediate a divorce rather than going through the court system.
Is Mediation A Good Option For Me?
Mediation may be a good method for your divorce if:
- You wish to remain amicable with your ex-spouse
- You are going to co-parent your children with your spouse
- You prefer your divorce settlement to remain private
- You do not want to appear in court before a judge
- You and your spouse have a polite relationship and can negotiate calmly
- You want to retain control over your divorce settlement