Mediation is gaining traction as one of the most utilized methods of alternative dispute resolution of divorce matters. Mediation allows parties who are capable of reaching an agreement and compromising to avoid the negative impact and cost of litigation. Marital issues, including spousal maintenance, property distribution, child support, and child custody are sensitive issues. When a couple can address these complex matters outside of court, mediation may be the best option. For over 30 years, Paone Zaleski & Murphy has provided effective legal services for clients in New Jersey. Our experienced attorneys serve as mediators for couples who wish to work out their differences without going to court. With offices conveniently located in Red Bank and Woodbridge, our firm serves clients from Middlesex County, Monmouth County, and the whole New Jersey area. If you and your spouse are interested in knowing more about mediation or our firm, please contact Paone Zaleski & Murphy for the competent mediation services you deserve and need.
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What is divorce mediation?
Mediation is one of the numerous versions of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Mediation is when a couple comes together to resolve unaddressed marital issues and agree to terms to be written in a binding agreement, later to be used to divorce. The couple will hire a neutral third-party, the mediator, to facilitate the negotiation sessions. The mediator does not and cannot represent either side. Each party is encouraged to have independent legal counsel advise them as they work with the mediator to find common ground.
How long is the divorce mediation process?
Mediation takes as long as the couple needs. While some couples can conclude their matter in a handful of sessions, others need more time. The mediator and the parties will work until their goals are met. Some successful mediations have concluded within a few weeks. It is important to note that mediation is voluntary. There is nothing binding about the process. If one party wishes to stop the mediation process and go to court, it is within his or her rights to do so.
How does divorce mediation end?
When the couple has successfully addressed all relevant marital issues, the mediator will draft a Memorandum of Understanding that will memorialize the resolution of each matter. The Memorandum of Understanding is nonbinding. The parties then take the Memorandum of Understanding to their respective attorneys who will then draft a Matrimonial Settlement Agreement (MSA). When the MSA is signed, the parties proceed to court as an uncontested case and obtain a Final Judgment of Divorce.
Contact our experienced mediators today
Paone Zaleski & Murphy is honored to help clients through the process of divorce mediation. When successful, a couple can avoid many of the significant problems that come with litigating a divorce. Our firm recognizes that a couple can benefit from working out their differences without going to court. As experienced mediators, our attorneys are ready to guide a couple through the process with the hope that they can come together and resolve their legal matter amicably. For a consultation with our firm, contact Paone Zaleski & Murphy.