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When undergoing a divorce, one spouse may need temporary spousal support, otherwise known as alimony, to get through this transition period. Such decisions on financial support may be made easier in the mediation process than in the litigation process, so long as you and your spouse remain amicable with wanting to reach similar goals. If you would like to reach an alimony settlement agreement outside of the courtroom, follow along to see how a proficient York County, PA divorce mediation attorney at Ilkhanoff & Silverstein can be your divorce mediator or otherwise of any assistance necessary.

What is the divorce mediation method?

As a simple description, the mediation method is a type of divorce proceeding that allows you and your spouse to negotiate all issues necessary to reach a settlement agreement. This is a favorable method because it is not done in the courtroom. Rather, a third-party mediator can help you and your spouse reach an amicable agreement on your terms.

Can alimony be determined using the divorce mediation method?

Alimony is a legal obligation made from one spouse to another after your divorce to ensure that the dependent can receive aid. It can be paid in a lump over years, or for the duration of the dependent spouse’s lifetime. Additionally, temporary support can be awarded during a separation until a final settlement has been reached.

And put simply, yes, it is possible to settle an alimony agreement without the guidance of a judge.

How can an alimony settlement be reached using the divorce mediation method?

You must understand that the divorce mediation method is only possible if you and your spouse are willing and able to work together toward a common goal. If not, you will have to battle it out in the presence of a judge. They will consider various factors when weighing whether to award alimony. These factors may include the following:

  • The duration of your marriage.
  • The age and health of you and your spouse.
  • The income and assets of you and your spouse.
  • The future earning potential of you and your spouse.
  • The child custody agreement that is in place.
  • The child support agreement that is in place.
  • The financial contributions made by you and your spouse during your marriage.
  • The ability of the spouse seeking support to become employable.

Ultimately, you will lose control of the outcome, and the odds are that neither you nor your spouse will wind up with what meets all your needs and interests.

That said, if you are going through a mediated divorce and want to speak with an attorney about alimony payments, do not hesitate in calling up a talented York County, PA alimony attorney today. 


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