Bucks County Divorce Mediation Attorney
Skilled Divorce Mediation Attorney Serving Newtown, Doylestown and the Surrounding Areas
Some marriages, regardless of the efforts of the couple, cannot be repaired. Once a couple has come to this conclusion, it is usually best for all involved for the divorce process to be as quick and simple as possible. You probably want to produce a fair, balanced and complete divorce agreement with the least emotional and financial burden on the family. If you are seeking a caring and experienced family law mediator, look no further than Kardos, Rickles & Hand.
Divorce mediation is becoming a more common legal option for divorcing couples. Mediation may be more financially efficient and is often more civil than the traditional divorce process. Divorce is always difficult, and arriving at a final dissolution of a marriage can be complex and emotional. Once an agreement is reached through mediation, the mediator will then present the agreement to the partners to present to their respective attorneys for finalization. The experienced Bucks County divorce mediation attorneys at Kardos, Rickles & Hand can assist you with all your divorce mediation needs.
Filing for Divorce in Pennsylvania or New Jersey
To seek a divorce, you must be a resident of the state in question and have a legally acceptable reason (or “grounds”) to dissolve the marriage. You first need to file the appropriate paperwork with the court and serve your spouse with the documents. He or she will have the opportunity to dispute any information or claims made in these documents, referred to as “contesting” a divorce.
In many situations, you can work with your former spouse to work out matters like division of marital assets, child custody, child support, visitation and alimony through an out-of-court settlement. If that’s simply not possible, you may need to take your case to court, where a judge will make decisions on any contentious issues. Whether you’re able to reach an agreement with your ex-spouse or you need to go to court, a divorce mediation attorney can help you navigate the process.
The Different Types of Divorce
There are two main types of divorce in Pennsylvania: fault and no-fault. Most divorces are of the no-fault variety, where neither partner is deemed responsible for the dissolution of a marriage. You and your former spouse may agree that the marriage is broken beyond repair, in which case you should both file an affidavit with the court consenting to a divorce. The court will then grant the divorce after a waiting period of 90 days. A divorce may also be considered “no-fault” if one partner is institutionalized for a mental illness.
In some situations, one spouse may be at fault for a divorce, such as in cases of adultery, domestic abuse, abandonment or imprisonment. Although this form of divorce is less common, it can allow you to secure more favorable results for child support and child custody issues, spousal support and the division of marital property.
Why Is a Family Law Mediator a Good Choice for My Family?
A customary divorce route can be extremely difficult on top of the existing issues of the relationship. The time, money, and effort that a customary divorce demands can make an existing issue even worse. This, in turn, affecting more things than just your relationship. If divorcing spouses feel that they can cordially communicate and negotiate to make decisions, family law mediation may be an appropriate alternative to customary divorce proceedings. Alternative dispute resolution methods — such as divorce mediation— are becoming more popular, to some extent because of the many resulting benefits.
Many of these benefits are connected to convenience. For example, the couple may not have to make any court appearances. This makes the whole process quicker than the traditional judicial method and greatly reduces legal fees. Many couples choose mediation for personal reasons as well. Often, one of those reasons is that mediation is less stressful than a customary divorce process. For families going through divorce, it is also important to note that mediation will often keep the children’s best interests in mind.
Who Is Eligible For Divorce Mediation?
Divorce mediation exists to assists spouses seeking divorce into communicating affably with one another in order to jointly agree on the provisions of important family issues, including:
- Child Support
- Child Custody
- Property Division
Divorce mediation may not be the appropriate choice for all couples, particularly in the case of a contested divorce or domestic violence. Understanding what kind of third-party assistance you may need is essential in solidifying the results that you deserve.
Throughout the process, a family law mediator works as a neutral third party to help you settle your legal issues. Being impartial, a mediator will not advocate or advise for either side but instead fosters a discussion that gets to the central point of both parties’ concerns and assists them in finding workable solutions. The mediation method is voluntary, and client-driven, which and can yield more creative, individualized solutions that can better satisfy the needs of the family than a court-ordered solution.
Do I Need an Attorney Through the Mediation Process?
Mediation allows you and your spouse to find areas of agreement and build from there. As legal mediators, our first priority is to create an agreement between each party and help them cordially resolve issues while allowing them to fully express their personal views. Once an agreement is reached, we can draft and administer a settlement that saves you money. Then, each party brings the agreement to their respective attorneys for a final legal document to be submitted to the court.
Speak with Our Knowledgeable Bucks County Divorce Mediation Attorney
Going through a divorce is never easy, but the experienced Bucks County divorce mediation attorney at Kardos, Rickles & Hand can help relieve some of the stress and anxiety you’re likely feeling. Give us a call or contact us online to get started. We have conveniently located offices in Newtown, Pennsylvania.