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Is My NJ Mediation Legally Binding?

Contesting a Divorce Mediation Agreement in Morris County NJMediation is a commonly used form of alternative dispute resolution which seeks to resolve the issues of divorce and family law matters without formal litigation. Many individuals choose divorce mediation in order to keep their legal proceedings as amicable and flexible as possible, and to have the power to reach their own decisions in the areas of child custody, child support, alimony, and the division of assets without having the courts decide the issues for them.

While mediation is an excellent choice, it is not perfect nor will it ultimately succeed for every couple (to learn more please view our tips for a successful divorce mediation page). With that being said, it is important to understand that no mediation is final or legally binding. If, at the end of the divorce mediation process, you feel unhappy with the resolutions you have reached with your spouse, you are free to choose to pursue a more formal divorce process through the NJ family court system. However, keep in mind that your divorce mediator is legally not allowed to represent you or your spouse should you take your divorce to the courts.

Today, our qualified and experienced divorce mediation attorneys will discuss the most common situations in which individuals choose to take their mediation to the family court system, or actually dispute the results of their mediation after-the-fact.

Non-Binding Mediation Lawyers Chatham NJ

Before going into the details of how mediations results can be modified, it is important to first understand that mediations are non-binding in New Jersey. Legally speaking, non-binding simply means that at any point during the mediation process, if one or both parties is unhappy with the mediation process or takes exception to the recommendations made by the divorce mediator, they are free to end the mediation process, and take their divorce to court.

While this level of freedom and flexibility appeals to many divorcing couples, others may wish to participate in a more rigid and defined process. When this is the case, divorcing couples often prefer to arbitrate their divorce, rather than have it mediated. This is due to the fact that couples can choose either a binding or non-binding divorce arbitration, and that their divorce agreements are decided by an impartial “arbitrator” rather than relying on the less strict guidance and advice of a divorce mediator.

For a better understanding of the benefits of arbitration, and whether or not it may be preferential for you as an alternative method for resolving your divorce, contact our firm today to speak with one of our family law attorneys in a free and confidential consultation.

Contesting a Divorce Mediation Agreement in Morris County NJ

As we have discussed, the divorce mediation process can be ended at any time for any reason by either participant. In addition, due to the non-binding nature of mediation in New Jersey, the results of any mediation can be contested in the case that:

  • The Divorce Mediator did not properly interpret state laws when making a recommendation
  • The recommendation failed to resolve all disputes satisfactorily
  • The mediator was not qualified to render a proper decision
  • Evidence was inaccurate or insufficient regardless of the underlying reason
  • The mediation process was fundamentally flawed in some way, which led to an improper result

However, proving any of these elements to be true, and successfully having your divorce re-tried in a court of law can often require an in-depth understanding of the law, and the ability to navigate and communicate with New Jersey’s complex family court system; in other words an experienced and knowledgeable attorney.

Looking to Modify a Mediation Decision?

Contact our Morristown Divorce Mediation Lawyers Today

At Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, our team of highly qualified family law attorneys has extensive experience helping couples through the mediation and arbitration process, and helping clients to overturn unfair, illegal, or inaccurate settlements reached through the mediation process or through a non-binding arbitration.

By practicing exclusively family law, our firm is able to provide highly effective and knowledgeable legal counsel on the legal issues which matter most to our clients and their families. Having already resolved countless divorce and mediation cases in towns across New Jersey and Morris County, including Morristown, Chatham, Mendham, Harding, Chester, and more, we are ideally suited to helping you with any kind of divorce, family law, post-divorce modification and enforcement, or family law appeal issue that you may be facing.

To speak with a member of our legal team today regarding your divorce, a divorce mediation, a divorce arbitration, or any other family law matter, please contact us online or call our Morristown, NJ offices today by dialing (973) 828-0829.

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For parents going through a divorce, the safety, happiness, and wellbeing of their children is a top priority. While the many legal concerns of divorce such as alimony, division of marital assets, child custody and so forth are extremely important, it is also vital that children are given a consistent and loving environment during and after the divorce process.… Continue Reading

Why Choose Collaborative Divorce in Morris County?

Collaborative divorce, much like other alternative conflict resolution methods such as mediation, is a great choice for many divorcing spouses who wish to work together during the divorce process. Divorce is certainly a stressful time, but it does not need to be a battle. Many spouses are able to resolve even the most complex issues of divorce… Continue Reading

Financial Benefits of Divorce Chester, NJ

Divorce gets a bad rap in a lot of respects, but nowhere more than how it has the potential to negatively impact the financial wellbeing of former spouses. While this certainly can be the case without proper legal counsel, many family’s financial situation actually improves after a divorce. There are two primary ways to both protect… Continue Reading

Non-Traditional Families Morris County, NJ

Less than half of all American families are what would formerly be considered “traditional”. In fact, our family law attorneys hesitate to even use the term traditional as the concept is quickly fading away. Thankfully, legislation and state laws are changing to reflect this as well. With same sex marriage becoming legal at a state and federal level, judges considering tri-parenting child… Continue Reading

Holidays for Separated Co-Parents in Morris County, NJ

While it may not be on the forefront of parents’ minds while going through a divorce or of unmarried parents going through child custody proceedings, scheduling holidays and vacations are amongst the most contentious issues for co-parents. The conflict is often simple: holidays only occur once per year and both co-parents want to spend that time with their children. Thankfully,… Continue Reading

Substance Abuse and Divorce in Morris County, NJ

The issues of substance abuse and divorce are the types of topics which we all know effect millions of people, but never expect it to impact us. Unfortunately, the reality is that in the U.S. nearly 1,000,000 divorces take place each year and tens of millions of adults will partake in binge drinking or illicit drug use. When the numbers are that… Continue Reading

Physical Health and Divorce Morris County, NJ

Going through a divorce is one of the most well documented, serious stressors that many of us experience during our life. While many individuals may immediately think about the mental health issues and problems with substance abuse that commonly accompany these stressful periods, overall physical health is often overlooked. This is unfortunate, as stress can have an equally significant impact on… Continue Reading

Mental Health and Divorce

When spouses are in the middle of a divorce, there are a million things going through their minds. How can I afford this? What will happen with my children? Where will I live? While tackling these complex issues, it can be easy to overlook the physical and mental health of both divorcing spouses, their children,… Continue Reading

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