Resolving family-related disputes is never easy. Mediation is not a magic wand to wave over your conflicts to get everything you want and to make all of the arguing go away. At Beroes Law Center, our attorneys lean into mediation for creating settlement agreements because we know mediation can be one way of resolving your differences quicker than going to court.
A successful mediation can produce a settlement agreement or parenting plan that the court will sign into a court order. When you have contributed to the process, it can be a longer-lasting agreement. Mediation can save you time, emotional turmoil and money in comparison to trying to fight it out according to the court’s calendar and a family court judge who is not really in touch with your family’s situation.
What Is The Process Of Mediation?
Engaging in mediation can help you avoid the angst of having to go into family court to work out the details of your property division, divorce tax issues, parsing out your pensions or contentious child custody arguments. Successful mediation can keep your sensitive family issues private because your mediation sessions are not recorded, or part of a public record, and you may spend less time and money than going to court.
Mediation starts with both parties committing to willingly discuss your divorce or child-related expectations with a neutral third party and being ready to make concessions in the best interests of everyone’s future stability after your divorce or separation. You and the other party create a schedule and goals for these discussions. The settlement agreement you create together as a result of these meetings will become binding only when the family court judge signs it. At that point, it then becomes a court order. Either party can choose to end mediation if the process becomes unfair or disagreements escalate.
Is Mediation Right For Your Circumstances?
With so many benefits, you may be asking, why not mediate? Not everyone is willing to work it out in mediation. Your spouse could be unwilling, to tell the truth about hidden assets or refuse to budge on putting the best interests of your children at the forefront of a new parenting schedule. If the other party refuses to participate in the give-and-take discussions central to mediation, you may have to take the family court route.
Find out if mediation is right for you by contacting Beroes Law Center in Pittsburgh at 412-621-6811 or by sending us an email. We provide compassionate legal advocacy for clients throughout Allegheny County and surrounding communities in Pennsylvania.