Due to the emotionally charged circumstances that may lead couples to divorce, many people believe they must count on the courts to help them obtain a fair settlement. Some situations — such as an imbalance of power or abuse within a marriage — may require filing a contested divorce in court. However, most divorcing couples can achieve a fair settlement through a negotiated process, providing greater control, a speedier legal process and reduced costs.
When uncontested divorce makes sense
Grounds for divorce often present a strong indication of the ability of a couple to negotiate a fair divorce settlement. According to Lawyers.com, an individual can file for fault-based divorce on numerous grounds under Pennsylvania law — including adultery, bigamy, cruel and inhuman treatment and other circumstances that may require contested divorce. However, most couples who pursue no-fault divorce can take advantage of the benefits of uncontested divorce. Of course, you need to discuss your personal details with an experienced divorce attorney, who can provide an objective assessment and help you make the right choice.
You can successfully negotiate, even under contentious circumstances
In the throes of daily marital arguments, many people may not believe they can negotiate a fair settlement without full judicial support. However, many alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods exist that help couples put their personal issues aside in the interest of achieving the best futures for themselves and their children.
Mediation is one ADR method that helps many divorcing couples bridge the gap. Divorce mediation lawyers in Pennsylvania have the skills and sensitivity to help in many ways, including:
- Enlightening their clients on the advantages of a negotiated settlement in achieving a fair and less stressful settlement, while improving post-divorce relationships in ways that help children adjust to their new lives
- Providing the sensitive support needed to help clients put their personal issues aside to focus on the issues that really matter
- Addressing unique circumstances requiring creative solutions that judicial guidelines do not consider when deciding a divorce settlement
Contact an experienced Pennsylvania divorce law firm to learn your options
The personal and emotionally charged issues involved in divorce can prevent individuals from making the right choices. The attorneys at DiOrio & Sereni, LLP have decades of experience providing valuable legal insight to guide you through the vital decisions that affect the lives of your family. Contact our Media, Pennsylvania office for a consultation.
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