How Does Mediation Work in a Divorce in New Jersey?

How mediation works in a New Jersey Divorce

Mediation can be an invaluable form of alternative dispute resolution, allowing a couple to reach agreement on key issues without the delay and expense of litigating private issues in the public courts. 

Done properly, it can allow parents and separating spouses to finalize outstanding issues faster, and at less cost, while at the same time not surrendering any of the rights or assets that are critical to maintaining your relationships with children and beginning your new life on a strong financial footing. 

Our Red Bank divorce mediation lawyers focus exclusively on family law matters in Monmouth County and the surrounding areas, including Fair Haven, Little Silver, Middletown Township, Shrewsbury and Tinton Falls. As veteran attorneys, we work to keep arguments and emotions under control, while surrendering nothing when it comes to fighting for the best outcome possible in your case. 

Mediated Divorce in New Jersey 

In many cases, divorce mediation can be a great option. Too often, separating spouses think they need to be in agreement before mediation is a viable option. Nothing could be further from the truth. If spouses agreed on everything, they probably would not be separating! 

Mediation is generally a non-binding form of alternative dispute resolution that permits parties to work with their divorce attorneys to resolve matters in a manner acceptable to all parties. Rather than leaving key issues in the hands of a judge, it is almost always better to forge your own agreement through mediation. At its best, you will eliminate much of the time, cost and uncertainty of litigation, while arriving at an agreement that is right for you. Even in cases where mediation fails to resolve key differences, it can arrive at resolution on some key issues, thereby reducing the time and cost associated with litigation.

Even if no agreement is reached, it can allow you and your attorney to explore strengths and weaknesses of arguments that will ultimately be made before the court, while determining what key issues can most likely be resolved in your favor, and which issues about which a former spouse is most resolute. This can be invaluable when it comes to deciding how to fight for the best resolution possible. 

Mediated issues may include: 

  • Child custody
  • Visitation
  • Spousal support 
  • Child support
  • Property division
  • Division of retirement benefits
  • Divorce involving a family business 

These issues often involve a process of give and take. Having a Monmouth mediation lawyer with extensive experience in litigation and mediation can make all the difference. We are committed to fighting for what is most important to you, while forging the best possible outcome. When done properly, mediation does not mean you are leaving anything on the table. It simply means you would rather reach your own resolution on key issues rather than leave your fate in the hands of a judge. 

If you are dealing with divorce, custody or support issues, contact Dwyer, Bachman, Newman & Solop today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 732-863-2463.

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