If you and your former spouse can amicably move through the divorce process, then it may be in your best interest to opt for divorce mediation. With this option, everyone involved may benefit emotionally and financially, because you will be able to clearly express your needs and reach your goals without the overriding of a judge’s orders. Continue reading to discover what issues can be resolved in divorce mediation and how an experienced York County, PA divorce mediation attorney at Ilkhanoff & Silverstein can assist you throughout the process.
What settlement agreements will be made in divorce mediation?
When you and your spouse undergo divorce mediation, one of the main issues you will resolve will be that of asset division. If you had undergone litigation in the “equitable distribution” state of Pennsylvania, a judge would have made decisions on how to divide your assets in a fair and just manner. They would have based their decisions on technical conditions, such as the age and health of you and your spouse, the duration of your marriage, your earning capacity, your contribution to marital property, any tax consequences that may apply, etc. However, with mediation, you are allowed to divide your assets without the guidance of a judge.
You will also be able to resolve the issue of alimony. Through litigation, a judge would make decisions using conditions similar to what was previously mentioned. But through litigation, you will be able to independently decide on who is to receive alimony, along with if it is to be given in a lump sum, monthly over years, temporarily until the divorce is finalized, or at all. Notably, child support decisions can be reached similarly.
How will child custody issues be resolved in divorce mediation?
So long as neither you nor your former spouse has a history of substance abuse or child endangerment, abuse, or maltreatment that would classify you as an unfit parent, then you will be able to agree to have joint legal custody, shared physical custody, or a unique combination of the two, to properly care for the child. With this, you can have a conversation about a visitation schedule, how you will transport your child between visits, how holidays and vacation will work, etc.
With that being said, if you require financial data to facilitate the formation of these agreements, a skilled York County, PA uncontested divorce attorney is ready to step in. And once these agreements have been worked out, we will prepare and submit the documents that will be needed by the court.
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