If you are currently seeking a divorce, you are most likely worried about the process ahead. Traditionally, when a couple gets divorced and they cannot agree on the terms of their divorce, they will enter litigation, wherein a judge in a courtroom will determine the outcome of their divorce. Understandably, many spouses do not wish to have their divorce terms decided in a courtroom setting. Fortunately, there are alternatives to court-based divorce. Please continue reading and speak with our New Jersey divorce lawyers to learn more about the alternatives to court-based divorce and how our team can help you through every step of the process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Is divorce mediation a good alternative to court-based divorce?

In many cases, couples will choose divorce mediation over litigation, and for a variety of reasons. To start, mediation is conducted outside of the courtroom setting, which often allows for a more relaxed, informal environment. Though you are still working out the same issues, this type of divorce will give both spouses the chance to have their voices heard, and from here, an unbiased third-party appointed by both spouses (usually an attorney) will try and negotiate the terms of the divorce in an effort to reach a peaceful, common-sense compromise. In most cases, within just one or more sessions, a divorce agreement that both spouses can agree on will be reached. Mediation is a great alternative to litigation for many spouses, as both spouses have to commit for mediation to truly work, and generally, both spouses signing up for mediation means that they are willing to compromise with one another, at least to a certain degree.

What is collaborative divorce?

Collaborative divorce is another fantastic alternative to litigation. Essentially, in a collaborative divorce, both spouses will sign a form stating that they are willing to try to make the process work. From here, you and your spouse, along with a team of unbiased specialists, will work to hash out the terms of your divorce outside of a courtroom setting. Collaborative divorces often involve financial experts, psychologists, medical experts, and other experts who can provide additional insight into the logistics of your divorce, allowing you to make a compromise that makes sense for both parties involved. If you have any additional questions or mediation/a collaborative divorce sounds like they may work for you, please do not hesitate to speak with our knowledgeable team today. Our firm is here to help.


If you require strong legal representation for matters of divorce and family law in Rumson, Monmouth County, or anywhere in New Jersey, contact The Law Offices of Paone, Zaleski & Murphy to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys today.