If you are getting divorced, you may be wondering what the process looks like. The truth is, the process is different for everyone. Every couple is different and has various matters to settle. However, the process can also differ depending on the method of divorce you choose. For many couples, mediation is the best option, however, it is important to explore all of your options. Read on to learn more about mediation in New Jersey.
What are my divorce options?
When it comes to getting divorced, many couples choose one of the following methods:
This process takes place in court. During litigation, an experienced judge will make decisions about the matters of your divorce on your behalf. These decisions may include the division of assets, child support, alimony payments, and more.
Mediation allows couples to divorce outside of the courtroom. This process involves a neutral third party helping the couple work through the matters of their divorce.
Similar to mediation, this also involves a third party. However, the processes differs in that the third party acts as judge rather than a mediator, meaning they can make all decisions regarding the couple’s marital issues.
Couples who go through a collaborative divorce each have their own attorney there to represent them, and all parties must work together to find an arrangement that works best for the couple.
Why do so many couples choose mediation?
In New Jersey, mediation is one of the most popular divorce options. This is because mediation can offer:
- Control: The matters are in your hands, rather than the hands of a judge.
- Confidentiality: The information shared in mediation cannot be discussed with anyone else or used against either spouse. Additionally, matters finalized outside of the court do not become public record. This can lead to lead to more open and honest communication.
- Speed: The length of mediation takes only as long as couples need to settle the issues they have to resolve, whereas litigation can often be dragged out.
- Cost: Mediation is more cost-effective, as trials can often be expensive for both the couple and the state.
- Choice: Mediation is completely voluntary, meaning both spouses choose to participate.
- Family: Mediation facilitates healthy conversations, which can benefit any couple, but can be especially beneficial to those with children in the mix.
If you have any questions about mediation, reach out to our firm to discuss.
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