The worst couple I ever had in mediation were a couple who had been married for many many years. They started off with what seemed like a deeply held commitment to cooperation and fairness; always an excellent beginning. Debbie Schneider, Esq. an attorney-mediator at Alpha Center for Divorce Mediation speaks with Georganne Ford about her experience with a couple that was unable to compromise.
Divorce is always difficult but divorcing couples with minor children are often doubly concerned about the impact that the divorce is having on their children. Debbie Schneider, Esq. an attorney-mediator at Alpha Center for Divorce Mediation speaks with Georganne Ford about child custody.
According to current Pennsylvania law, the family pet is viewed no differently than the family couch or television in the eyes of the court. Michael Routh, an Attorney at Alpha Center for Divorce Mediation, talks with Georganne Ford about divorce and who gets to determine who receives custody of the family pet.
Alimony is a post-divorce payment that one spouse makes to the other spouse. It is fairly common in a divorce action for the spouse who earns less to make a claim for alimony. Alimony payments are ordered in cases to smooth the transition for the party who earns less and/or assist in securing their financial future.
Custody of minor children in a divorce is often the most important topic for all concerned. In our mediation practice, we ask our couples to meet with a family/child therapist and create a parenting plan.