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New Jersey Divorce Mediation Lawyers

Divorce and Family Law Mediators Serving Clients Across New Jersey

In New Jersey, after an initial Complaint for Divorce is filed, there are several points along the way during which mediation of disputes is mandatory. For example, New Jersey requires mediation for child custody and parenting time issues when a divorcing couple cites a child custody dispute within their Complaint for Divorce. In addition, couples embroiled in financial disputes are also required to participate in Economic Mediation for the purpose of resolving certain economic issues involved in their case. Although these court-mandated mediation programs may or may not result in agreement, they are nevertheless required before proceeding to the litigation phase of the divorce process.

On the other hand, certain divorcing couples who desire to remain amicable during their divorce proceedings may elect to undergo private mediation, collaborative divorce, or another form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). The benefits of mediation are manifold, as it provides both parties with a cost-effective, time-efficient, confidential, and amicable venue for reaching divorce-related agreements. Mediation is particularly beneficial for divorcing spouses who want to seamlessly transition into successful co-parenting arrangements and protect their children from potential conflicts.

At Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, L.L.C., in Morristown, our New Jersey divorce mediation attorneys are highly experienced at both guiding clients through alternative dispute resolution and serving as neutral parties in mediation and arbitration proceedings. With the ability to promote communication and collaboration while developing creative solutions tailored to your unique situation, we have assisted countless couples across the state, from Bergen and Essex to Morris and Passaic counties, to reach positive outcomes. Contact us at 973-828-0829 for your free initial consultation and learn more about your available options.

The Advantages of Mediation in New Jersey

There are significant advantages to mediation, arbitration and other alternative techniques for resolving divorce and other family law matters. First and foremost, divorce issues resolved through mediation or other approaches to mutual agreement, on average, result in fewer post-judgment disputes. In addition, negotiated settlements allow parties to resolve complex issues by reaching comprehensive agreements, rather than litigating each individual point.

The time and cost savings of mediation can be significant, as the participants are able to set their own schedule for mediation sessions, speak and share information openly without the confines of the formal discovery process in court, and collaborate to devise creative solutions that are guided by their specific needs and priorities. The parties also maintain complete control of the process, as they are in no way bound by the determinations of a judge or their mediator. Mediation is also entirely confidential, which allows divorcing couples to prevent their personal lives from becoming part of the public record, as it does when the case is litigated in court.

Further, mediation provides parents with the ability to diffuse conflict and to prevent their children from being exposed to the often contentious divorce litigation process. When children are involved, parents can come together to develop an effective co-parenting plan that best serves the needs of their family moving forward. This private, amicable approach allows parents to maintain a sense of stability for their children during an otherwise emotional time of transition.

Contact our New Jersey Divorce Mediators Today

Before you proceed with any avenue of alternative dispute resolution, it is important to consult with a lawyer who can advise you about your rights. Because each case is different, the litigation process is often a necessary option to protect the rights of individuals seeking divorces from unreasonable spouses who will not agree to good-faith resolution of issues. At Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, L.L.C., we educate clients about all of their Alternative Dispute Resolution options, represent them in mediation and arbitration proceedings, and serve as objective mediators and arbitrators for divorcing couples. It is our goal to provide information and guidance that allows our clients to make the best decisions for their futures. Contact us today at 973-828-0829 to learn more.

Also, for additional information regarding divorce and family law mediation and the highly qualified divorce and family law mediators at Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, visit our New Jersey Divorce and Family Mediation site.

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