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When you need help settling a dispute, seeking mediation in Philadelphia is a great alternative to expensive court proceedings. Mediation is an informal, confidential process for resolving disputes with the assistance of a third-party neutral–a mediator.  Mediation is future-oriented and based upon the principle of self-determination; the participants make their own resolution.

Divorce Mediation in Philadelphia

Divorcing Couple in Philadelphia

 

Divorce is almost always painful, but divorce mediation can make it easier. For those with an eye towards collaborative divorce, mediation in Philadelphia is the way to go. While the number of sessions can vary, mediation is a great way for divorcing couples to settle their parenting and financial issues as quickly as possible.  As a trained mediator, attorney and therapist, I can help you divide your marital property, resolve alimony and child support obligations, and assess financial, insurance, tax and estate matters.  In addition, I can help you resolve issues related to physical and legal custody and I can help you draft a parenting plan that works for you.

Is Divorce Mediation Right for Us?

Divorce Mediation is best for couples who can speak up for what they want and need, and who are able to handle the process rationally and maturely. It is often used by couples that can communicate amicably, especially when they have children and need to communicate after divorce. Before agreeing to divorce mediation, the partners should be aware that the process requires:

  • Consideration of the best interests of children
  • Full and honest disclosure of all assets
  • Cooperative problem solving and collaboration.

This can obviously be hard when emotions are high. If you are thinking of mediating, then knowing the benefits and what to look for in a mediator can help.

What are the Benefits of Divorce Mediation?

Mediation offers both parties more control over their assets and their relationships with children than litigation. By working together, the couple can achieve a mutually acceptable divorce agreement with the least distress as possible. Minimizing this stress can result in constructive coping with the other difficult parts of divorce. Because less aggressive, hostile and retaliatory behavior is used, individuals feel more energy and may restabilize their lives quicker. Personal growth can also occur. When the parties reach an agreement they are both satisfied with, each might feel an increased ability to assert themselves. This can lead to feelings of increased self-worth and diminish feelings of depression, hopelessness and self-pity.

What Should I Look for in a Mediator?

If you are considering divorce mediation in Philadelphia, it is important to know what to look for in a mediator. A mediator should have the sensitivity, empathy, and balance of a family therapist. They should be able to diagnose clinical issues that could interfere with mediation. In addition, the divorce mediator should be able to reframe poorly chosen words so that each party can understand the true meaning behind what each spouse wants to convey. A mediator should also have an understanding of family law, property distribution, and insurance and tax issues. The mediator does not need specialized knowledge regarding finances, taxation or pension benefits as the parties will be directed to consult with those who have this specialized knowledge.

Dispute Mediation

In addition to divorce mediation, I also offer mediation for disputes about real estate, contracts, employment, landlord-tenant issues or other relationship disputes.

 

For more information on dispute or divorce mediation, let’s chat!

 

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