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Benefits of Mediation in a New Jersey Divorce | What to Know

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Are you interested in a mediated divorce? If so, read on to learn more about what the process entails.

What is mediation?

Mediation is an out-of-court method of divorce. The process involves the couple working with a neutral third party to settle the outstanding matters of their divorce. These matters may include child custody, child support, spousal support, the division of assets, and more. There are numerous benefits of mediation, making it an increasingly popular method of divorce amongst New Jersey couples.

What are the benefits of mediation?

A couple may choose mediation for any or all of the following reasons:

  • Control: Mediation allows spouses to have far more control over the decisions made regarding their divorce. When it comes to mediation, the outcome is up to you and your spouse. This is very different from litigation, which involves a judge making these decisions on your behalf. 
  • Confidentiality: Mediation is confidential. Neither spouse nor the third party is allowed to publicly share anything discussed during mediation or use the information against the other party. In addition, it is important to know that matters settled outside of the court do not become a matter of public record, while issues settled through the court can become public record. 
  • Speed: Mediation is often a quicker process than other divorce methods, as it only takes as long as the couple needs. 
  • Cost: Unlike divorcing through litigation, mediation is cost-friendly. Divorce through litigation is usually expensive for both the couple and the state.
  • Choice: Because mediation is a voluntary process, it tends to involve more cooperation and open communication. This can be beneficial when it comes to maintaining a healthy relationship with your ex, which is especially important when it comes to co-parenting. 

What if mediation isn’t right for me?

Mediation is not the right process for everyone. Luckily, there are other out-of-court divorce methods that may better suit your unique situation, including:

  • Arbitration
  • Collaborative divorce

If you are getting divorced in New Jersey, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to discuss your options with an experienced divorce attorney.

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