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Hiring a Divorce Mediator in New Jersey

Many people do not realize that there is no one way to go through a divorce. In fact, there many different options, not all of which require litigation. Divorcing through litigation can often be costly and emotionally exhausting for a couple. This process can often leave spouses dissatisfied with the outcome. It is because of this that couples may decide to use mediation to complete their divorce instead. This process allows couples to come together in order to negotiate the terms of their divorce with one another. During this time, they are assisted by a divorce mediator that exists to help them see through the process.

What is the Job of a Divorce Mediator?

With a mediated divorce, couples can have more of a say in the process and the outcome. Throughout the entirety of the process, both spouses discuss their marital issues and how they wish to proceed with their lives post-divorce. This process presents several questions and topics of negotiation for the spouses. Marital issues that are often discussed during this time are child custody, child support, spousal support, the division of assets, and more. 

During this process, spouses may disagree on these matters and need some help from another party to reach amicable conclusions. This is why a divorce mediator exists as a non-biased third party throughout the process. The individual helps facilitate productive and healthy conversations between both spouses so that they can settle the issues at hand. Once these agreements are reached, the mediator a draft a document outlining the details to be presented to the court for approval. 

Things to Consider When Hiring a Mediator

It is important to know that spouses have the right to select a mediator together. This ensures that they are going through the process with someone they can trust and depend on. Before hiring a divorce mediator, there are certain things that should be considered before making a decision. This can include the following:

  • They are an objective third party who can listen to sensitive issues from both spouses’ sides
  • Have an understanding of the relationship between the spouses. If it is believed that one spouse will be difficult and uncooperative, it may be a waste of time to hire a mediator. 
  • Is cost-effectiveness important during the process?
  • Consider the desired level of confidentiality. Going through litigation can make the divorce part of public record whereas mediation is private.
  • How important is time-efficiency?
  • Are other commitments present that can limit each spouses’ ability to attend the divorce mediation meetings?

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If you need an experienced legal team to guide you through your divorce, contact Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark L.L.C today.