Contrary to popular belief, not all divorces are required to take place in court. There are a variety of alternative methods available to couples that allow them to avoid going through litigation. This can include mediation. Continue reading below to learn more about this process and contact an experienced New Jersey divorce attorney for guidance in these matters.
What is Mediation?
When spouses are able to work together towards solutions for the future of their marital issues, they may benefit from mediation. This process allows spouses to engage in negotiations regarding their marital issues to reach agreements that work for them. These are guided by an unbiased, third-party mediator to assist the spouses in making these decisions. The mediator does not make decisions for them. Conversations that take place in mediation can be on topics such as child custody, child support, the division of assets, and alimony.
Benefits of Mediation
There are many benefits to using mediation in a divorce, such as:
- Control: Spouses have control over the decisions they make instead of having a judge decide these matters for them.
- Confidentiality: Mediation is confidential. The information discussed cannot be shared or used against one another.
- Speed: This process tends to be quicker than others, depending on the couple and the issues they have to resolve.
- Cost: Trials can be expensive for both the couple and the state of New Jersey. Mediation is a more cost-effective process.
- Choice: Mediation is entirely voluntary, as spouses choose to participate.
- Family: Mediation can benefit anyone who has family involved in the situation, as it promotes healthy conversations.
How Does Mediation End?
When spouses reach agreements regarding the terms of their divorce, the mediator can draft a Memorandum of Understanding. This outlines the decisions that were made by both parties. The Memorandum can be given to each respective attorney who will then create a Matrimonial Settlement Agreement. Once this document is signed, the spouses can go to court as an uncontested case where a judge can finalize the divorce.
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