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What Should I Know About Divorce Mediation in New Jersey?

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When a couple is looking to divorce, they do not always have to go through litigation. Instead, there are alternative methods, such as mediation. This can be beneficial in many cases if spouses are able to work together to reach decisions. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New Jersey divorce attorney for assistance with your case.

What is Mediation?

The process of mediation allows spouses to take part in negotiations regarding the future of their marital issues. Instead of a judge making decisions for them, this is done with the help of an unbiased mediator. The mediator helps to guide these conversations and aid the spouses as they reach agreements. Conversations had in mediation can be on topics such as child custody, child support, the division of assets, and alimony.

Benefits of Mediation

There are many benefits to using mediation in a divorce. This can include the following:

  • Control: Mediation allows spouses to have control over the decisions they make instead of having a judge decide for them.
  • Confidentiality: Mediation is a confidential process. No parties involved can share the information or use it against one another, allowing spouses to be open with one another.
  • Speed: Mediation tends to be quicker than other divorce methods, depending on the couple and the issues they have to resolve.
  • Cost: Mediation is cost-effective. Trials can be expensive for both the couple and the state of New Jersey.
  • Choice: Couples choose to participate in mediation, as it is a voluntary process.
  • Family: Mediation typically benefits any family involved in the situation, as it allows for healthy conversations instead of bringing out hostile sides in one another.

How Does Mediation End?

When spouses are done settling agreements regarding the terms of their divorce, the mediator can draft a Memorandum of Understanding. This details the spouses’ agreements. Once this is done, it can be given to both attorneys who can then create a Matrimonial Settlement Agreement. Once it is signed, the spouses can go to court as an uncontested case and finalize the divorce.

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