Is Family Law Mediation Right for You? Talk to a Montgomery County, PA Lawyer
Family Law Mediation in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Going through a divorce can be very stressful. Trying to figure out the right settlement regarding property division, alimony, child custody and support, child visitation, debt distribution, and countless other family law matters in Montgomery County can make an already difficult situation even more trying. On top of that, the prospect of fighting over issues in court against your spouse makes you question whether you will actually be able to get a divorce. There is another option to the contentious route of litigation, however; where you and your spouse can come to a divorce settlement cooperatively and without the added stress and expenses that litigation requires: mediation.
The Costs of Litigation: Financial, Emotional and Time
Many issues need to be addressed in divorce, including division of bank accounts and retirement funds, property distribution, debt distribution, custody and parenting plans and child and spousal support. All of these are incredibly emotional issues and are even more stressful during a divorce. Litigation and court appearances only add to the stress.
In divorces, litigation pits each former partner against the other as adversaries and only increases the bitter feelings each has. Often, both parties leave without feeling heard or satisfied with the outcome.
You Can Avoid the Courtroom
Mediation is an alternative to litigation that allows both parties to avoid the courtroom and the expense, time and emotional turmoil that comes with it. It is a tool for getting through divorce in the least harmful way. Mediation can close a divorce in months instead of years, and it costs a fraction of the price for both parties. A mediator, often a Montgomery County family law attorney, facilitates a discussion, helping you work out the difficult details of divorce in an open and non-judgmental environment.
Though conversations involving a divorce are very serious, mediation is informal and allows free communication between both parties. Often, just sitting down to let your grievances and worries be known dissipates the overwhelming feelings. When both sides feel heard, they reach agreements with which both people are comfortable, instead of a decree handed down by a judge that may not satisfy either. This increases the chance that both parties will conform to divorce arrangements including visitation times and child support payments.
Mediation is confidential. Even if it is still necessary to bring the divorce to court, there can be discussion only of the agreed outcome of the mediation, not any conversation or other communication that led to it. This makes it easy for both parties to feel free to express themselves without fear of legal repercussions. Though mediation is non-binding, it can result in a binding agreement if both parties agree, put it in writing and sign on it.
Let the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz Help You Through Mediation
There is no guarantee that mediation will solve all of the issues in your divorce, but it is worth trying before jumping into litigation. Call the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, P.C. at (610) 645-0100 to make sure your mediation goes smoothly. We want to make your divorce as painless as possible.
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