Understanding the Mediation Process
Mediation is an alternative to litigation, in which the parties are helped by the mediator to decide the outcome of the conflict rather than the court.
For separated parents, mediation provides the opportunity to have an intermediary (a mediator) help them work together in defining their split family make up versus having a third party (judge) be the final arbiter.
There are two primary options for mediation in Centre County.
One is to use Collaborative Law. There are lawyers who are trained and practice this form of family law, where they work with the parents to negotiate the terms for the separation moving forward without having a third party (the courts) be the final arbiter. Information on lawyers and other professionals who practice collaborative law in Centre County can be found at the Central Counties Collaborative Law Community.
A common option is the Center for Alternatives in Community Justice (CACJ). Parents can go directly to the CACJ (814-234-1059) to request services or may be referred to it by the Court if one of them files a petition for custody. The process when this occurs: