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What do I Need to Know About New Jersey Divorce Mediation?

When spouses file for divore, it is important to know they are not required to go through this process in the courtroom. There are other alternatives to divorce in New Jersey that allow couples to avoid litigation. A common alternative is mediation. Continue reading below to learn more and contact a New Jersey divorce attorney for assistance with your divorce.

What is Mediation?

Spouses who are able to work with one another during their divorce may benefit from going through mediation. This method allows both parties to participate in negotiations regarding the terms of their divorce. This can include matters such as child custody, child support, the division of assets, and alimony. In mediation, discussions are guided by an unbiased third-party mediator. This job is to assist spouses as they make these decisions, not to make the decisions for them. 

Benefits of Mediation

The following are several benefits to divorce mediation:

  • Control: Spouses have control over making their decisions.
  • Confidentiality: The information shared in mediation cannot be discussed with anyone else or used against either spouse.
  • Speed: The length of mediation is dependent upon the couple and the issues they have to resolve. Therefore, it can be faster than litigation.
  • Cost: Mediation is more cost-effective, as trials can be expensive for both the couple and the state. 
  • Choice: Mediation is voluntary, as spouses have the choice to participate.
  • Family: Mediation facilitates healthy conversations, which can benefit any couple that has family involved.

How Does Mediation End?

When spouses are done settling the terms of their divorce, the mediator can draft a Memorandum of Understanding to detail these agreements. This document will then be given to each party’s respective attorney who can create a Matrimonial Settlement Agreement. Once both parties sign it, they can go to court as an uncontested case and a judge can finalize the divorce. 

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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.