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Benefits of Mediation in New Jersey | What to Know

Every couple is different. As a result, there are different ways to go through the divorce process. Often, couples choose the process of mediation. Read on to learn more about mediation and some of the most important benefits.

What is Litigation?

Litigation is the process of getting divorced through the court. During this process, a judge will make decisions regarding the matters of your divorce. Unfortunately, the process can be long and expensive.

What is Mediation?

Mediation involves solving the matters of your divorce outside of the court. A neutral third party will help you and your spouse work through issues such as child custody, the division of assets, and more.

Benefits of Mediation

Many people find that there are a lot of benefits when it comes to mediation. Some of the most common reasons a couple may choose to participate in mediation include: 

  • Control: Generally, mediation awards spouses more control over the matters of their divorce because they can make the decisions, rather than placing the decisions in the hands of a court. 
  • Confidentiality: The information shared in mediation cannot be discussed with anyone else or used against either spouse. This is a good way to keep your private information private. For example, matters addressed in the court can become public record. 
  • 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. Both spouses must be on the same page and will have to work together to find solutions that benefit each party, meaning more open communication.
  • Family: Mediation facilitates healthy conversations, which can benefit any couple that has family involved.

Are There Other Options?

While mediation can be a good option, it does not work for everyone. Luckily, there are various ways to get divorced. Some other common ways include arbitration and collaborative divorce. To determine which method is best for your unique situation, reach out to a knowledgeable divorce attorney.

If you have any questions or concerns about the mediation process in New Jersey, contact our firm today. We are here to advocate for you and walk you through the process every step of the way.


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