Alternative Dispute Resolution2018-08-12T14:19:39+00:00
Mediation is the process in which a couple works with a neutral mediator who tries to find a common resolution for the couple seeking a divorce. As such, a mediator will help couples reach an agreement on all aspects of the divorce, including child custody, alimony and spousal support, and issues related to the equitable distribution of marital property.

The method of mediation may be a preferred option for couples who do not wish to go through the judicial process of divorce. The benefits of mediating a divorce are numerous, but probably the most notable points are the fact that mediation allows you stay in control of your divorce and as such, you will be the one calling the shots, not the judge; mediation allows for a more peaceful process thus providing better chances of shared custody and co-parenting for the children and finally the obvious choice of having to avoid aggressive litigation therefore leaving the parties better suited for a long term relationship based on respect and friendship.

Mediating a divorce is not an option for all couples, but is a very good option for divorcing couples who want to divorce in a peaceful manner, without great expense.

Once an agreement is reached, a mediator will prepare a memorandum of understanding reciting the terms of the divorce agreement. Such a document is not yet binding until a formal Marital Settlement Agreement is prepared, which then makes the terms of the mediation binding.

The collaborative law process is a voluntary alternative dispute resolution method aimed to allow parties to a divorce come together to mutually resolve their issue with the assistance of collaboratively trained lawyers.

Collaborative method of divorce usually yields a successful mutual agreement that results in a binding formal Marital Settlement Agreement. However, in the event that the process fails, then the collaboratively trained attorneys cannot represent either parties to the divorce in later litigation proceedings.

In an arbitration proceedings, the parties each present their case to a neutral person, usually but not necessarily, an attorney expert in Pennsylvania family law and divorce issues, who in turn decides how the matters should be concluded, such matters include child custody, alimony and marital property equitable distribution. The decision of an arbitrator is binding, enforceable in court and usually, unappealable. The benefits of opting for a divorce through arbitration are many, but the most notable ones are that arbitration is fast and quick, it is achieved in a private and confidential setting and arbitration is flexible and the parties control the issues brought forward to the arbitrator.