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Should I Consider Divorce Mediation Over Litigation?

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Those going through a divorce often prefer divorce mediation over litigation. Read on to learn why and reach out to our skilled Somerset County divorce attorney to discuss your case and your options. We are on your side.

What is divorce mediation?

Divorce mediation, unlike litigation, is accomplished privately behind closed doors, rather than in a courtroom. Usually, mediation is conducted with the help of a mediator who acts as a neutral third party. The mediator helps both parties communicate with one another in order to reach an agreement. It is important to keep in mind that the mediator does not pick sides or come up with a solution. Instead, the neutral party is a moderator and merely helps the parties work together to come to an agreement.

How does the mediation process work?

The mediation process does not involve a judge or decision-maker. Rather, each party, on their own, will come to an agreement that is helpful to the two involved. There is no “loser” in the process. Both participants seek to reach creative resolutions, which support everyone’s needs. Also, because parties are forced to communicate through this, it helps support contact in the future after the divorce is settled.

Why should you choose mediation over litigation?

Mediation is typically favored because it is adjustable. In many divorce law disputes, a lot of factors are involved just to create the final court date. On the other hand, mediation is flexible. It can be completed in the evenings or the weekends. Court appearances do not need to be months apart. Rather, participants can meet numerous times a month. Because there is an abundance of flexibility in planning the process, it is more effortless for parties to come together and reach a decision. While a resolution may be found in just a few months through mediation, many family law disputes take over a year to settle in court.

The process is also much cheaper than litigation. By choosing mediation, you will cut out many of the administrative costs related to appearing in front of a judge and court personnel. It is also imperative to remember that the parties have more of a voice in this process as well. An agreement or “ruling” is made by those directly involved in the dispute. On the other hand, a court appearance in public makes it difficult to thoroughly discuss critical issues.

Our legal team can help you through your divorce no matter which route you choose. Reach out to our firm today to learn more.

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