Is Divorce Mediation Right For You?
Nothing can take away all the pain of a divorce, but mediation can make the process easier on everyone involved. If you are looking for a better way of reaching an agreement, consider mediation as an option.
Attorney Susan DiGirolamo is a trained Pennsylvania mediator who has years of experience with divorces and other family law disputes. As the mediator, she facilitates the discussions and negotiations while remaining a neutral third party. You can count on her experience and skill as a mediator, regardless of the complexity of the assets or the issues in the divorce. Susan offers a free 30-minute video or phone consultation to discuss whether mediation might be right for your family.
What Happens In Mediation?
If you and your spouse use the mediation process, you will meet together with a neutral mediator. The mediator will not represent either of you as an attorney, but will assist you in negotiating all aspects, including, where appropriate:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Distribution of marital assets and liabilities
A mediator has the experience to help ensure that you address all of the issues, including avoiding or providing mechanisms to resolve any possible future disputes.
Another benefit of mediation is that you and your spouse will make all of the decisions, and neither of you can be forced to do anything to which he or she does not agree. Additionally, mediation is private, which means that there are no public records of your financial disclosure documents.
Successful mediation results in the creation of a memorandum of understanding, which lists the areas of agreement. Although not required, it is a best practice for one of the spouses to hire an attorney to draft a marriage settlement agreement, and to file the necessary documents to obtain the divorce. Most often, both spouses consult with attorneys in order to obtain legal advice regarding the agreement before signing it.