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When a couple is facing a divorce, they sometimes wish to pursue alternative methods of ending their marriage that take place outside of a trial. While other methods are not always possible for all couples to do, the process can be very beneficial for others. This gives couples the opportunity to come to the terms of their divorce arrangements on their own without the help of the court. One commonly used method of divorce is mediation.

Mediation allows spouses to work together and negotiate the terms of their divorce. During this process, both spouses sit with an unbiased third party who assists them in discussing any marital issues that have yet to be resolved. The mediator listens to both spouses and their concerns to help them reach decisions that work best for their circumstances. Conversations that take place in mediation may consist of marital issues such as child custody, child support, the division of assets, and alimony.

Benefits of Mediation

There are several benefits to using mediation instead of choosing to divorce through a trial. Spouses often feel better about the end of their marriage when they are able to come to the decisions regarding their future on their own terms. The benefits of using mediation may include:

  • Control: When a couple divorces through trial, a judge is given the right to make decisions regarding their marital issues. Mediation gives spouses control over the outcome of the divorce by reaching their own agreements.
  • Confidentiality: Mediation is a confidential method. Both spouses and the third party involved are not allowed to discuss the information that is shared during mediation or use it against one other. This allows spouses to be open and honest with one another.
  • Speed: Mediation can be a quicker process than other methods. The length of the process may depend on the couple and the number of marital issues they have to discuss.
  • Cost: Unlike divorcing through trial, mediation is cost-effective. Divorce through trial can become expensive for the couple and the state of Pennsylvania.
  • Choice: Mediation is never required. Couples are given the option to participate, as it is a voluntary process that allows spouses to reach decisions on their own terms.
  • Family: When a couple uses mediation, it usually benefits any family involved in the process. Trials can often become hostile, while mediation allows for healthy conversations. This is especially beneficial for families with children.

Contact our Firm

If you or someone you know is going through a divorce and wishes to speak with legal representation, contact the Law Offices of Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today.

The divorce process can be challenging, but our team at Ilkhanoff & Silverstein are dedicated to fighting for your best interests. Since 1999, our York divorce lawyers have guided our clients through this emotional and stressful time with compassionate client service and results-driven legal counsel.