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What Are Some Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution in New Jersey?

You may want to consider other methods of divorce if you would like to avoid the courtroom entirely. Continue reading to learn about alternative methods of divorce and reach out to our skilled New Jersey divorce attorneys today.

What are the alternative methods of divorce in New Jersey?

In some cases, couples going through a divorce will not want to enter through litigation in a courtroom. That is why it is important to understand that there are other divorce dispute options that can save time and money. With these alternative methods, couples are more able to discuss and manage their marital issues on their terms in a calmer environment. The most common marital issues that are discussed in these circumstances include child support, child custody, division of assets, alimony, and more. Below are the most common types of dispute resolution in New Jersey.

  1. Mediation: This is one of the most typical alternatives to litigation in a courtroom. Here, spouses will negotiate their marital issues with the help of an unbiased third party. This individual’s purpose is to guide spouses through discussion to make decisions that will work best for them. It is also important to note that there is no set length to this process. Couples can take as long as they need to settle their disputes without having to worry about any looming deadlines. Once the couple has reached an agreement, the mediator will draft a document detailing the decisions they met. Once complete, the couple will sign the document and send it to the court for approval. If approved, the couple will be granted a Judgement of Divorce.
  2. Collaborative Divorce: This type of divorce is exercised with both spouses and the help of their attorneys. The two attorneys will help the couple work together to make decisions that align with both parties best interests. A Participation Agreement must be signed in this type of divorce by all parties involved (attorneys and spouses). When the party signs the agreement, they are held accountable for making the process work, otherwise, the attorneys will be unable to represent each spouse in the event that the process fails.
  3. Arbitration: This dispute resolution method refers to when a neutral third party plays the role of the judge. In this situation, the individual can make decisions for the spouses, rather than allowing the spouses to reach those decisions on their own.


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