You have decided to finally end your marriage, and you’re looking forward to the newfound freedom you will soon experience. The challenge is getting there.

Your greatest fear when embarking on your divorce journey is that the process will be hostile and drawn out. Fortunately, mediating your divorce in Pennsylvania may help you to quickly finalize your divorce and move on with your own life.

What exactly is mediation?

Mediation refers to an informal divorce process used to resolve conflicts with the assistance of a third party who is neutral. Through mediation, you and your future ex-spouse can discuss your issues as well as clear up any misunderstandings you might have.

Then, you can work on finding areas on which you agree — something that would not be possible if you decided to go through traditional divorce litigation. The mediator usually does not have any authority to make binding decisions unless both you and your spouse agree to provide your mediator with this authority.

Fast and less expensive process

One of the biggest benefits of choosing mediation is that the process is relatively quick compared with going to trial. You can expect your mediation sessions to take a few days to a few months — the latter if your divorce case is complex. Because mediation moves more quickly than going to trial does, you can also expect to pay less than you would with traditional litigation.

Informal process

If going to trial — where rigid procedures and rules govern what you do — does not sound appealing, mediation may be the perfect alternative for you. Mediating a divorce is less formal than going to trial, so you and your future ex can feel more engaged than you would in a process that was court-driven. In addition, your mediator can work directly with both of you and focus not necessarily on your stated positions but rather on your individual interests and needs.

The possibility of litigation

It is possible that, no matter how hard you and your spouse try to resolve your issues by mediating your divorce, you won’t be able to do it. In this case, you have no choice but to go to trial. At trial, you have the right to fight for the outcome that is the most personally favorable for you.

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