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Mediation in divorce: Is it the right approach for you?

On Behalf of | May 10, 2022 | Divorce

As you look ahead to your divorce, you may have concerns about how stressful and complicated the process will be. Divorce, regardless of how amicable the two parties may be, will be complicated. If there are still remaining issues you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse must resolve, yet you dread the idea of going to court, there are options available to you. Mediation could offer you the opportunity to negotiate terms and reach a beneficial conclusion without ever stepping in the courtroom. 

Divorce mediation is a way to reach a resolution on all remaining divorce-related issues, from child support to property division. Whatever you and your spouse have yet to agree on, you may find that the mediation process is a practical way to get results that are mutually beneficial and satisfactory. This is an alternative to the traditional divorce process that often involves stressful litigation and appearances in court. 

Reasons why mediation could work 

During the mediation process, you and the other party, along with your respective legal representatives, will work with a neutral third-party mediator. The mediator will remain objective and neutral throughout the process as his or her role is to simply facilitate conversations and negotiations. By acting as an intermediary, the mediator can help the two parties create a meaningful and sustainable divorce order. Reasons why New Jersey couples often choose mediation include: 

  • It is often faster than the litigation process, allowing the two parties to move on sooner. 
  • Since it is a shorter process, it may cost less than litigation because of fewer legal fees. 
  • You and the other spouse will have a more direct role in your final divorce order. 
  • You will be able to directly address specific things that are important to you. 
  • Mediation is confidential, allowing you to protect certain sensitive information. 

The intent of mediation is to provide a way to have your voice heard in an environment that is fair and respectful. It is not necessary for two spouses to like each other to make mediation work. It simply requires a mutual commitment to making the process work.  

The right path for your future 

Whether it is through mediation or other processes, you have the right to fight for the best possible outcome to your divorce. Before you make any important decisions regarding your divorce, it may benefit you to learn about how the mediation process could offer you the most practical and effective way to shield your long-term interests.