Mediation is a process where the parties get to control their own destiny. More and more, mediation is being favored by the Courts as it reduces the number of litigated cases, as well as the chances of a party returning to Court after their divorce. Mediation can be a cost-effective way to resolve a matter - be it a dispute in child support or custody, issues regarding college, or to dissolve a marriage or a civil union.
We do not limit ourselves to assisting families that are dividing, we also assist with families who are having difficulties during their relationship who wish to maintain it intact.
Mediators are a neutral party who help facilitate the parties into identifying goals and assisting them in meeting those goals. Typically, a mediator does the following steps:
Mediators do not tell parties how to settle, nor are they acting as a Judge. The goal is for the parties to come to their own agreement that works best for their family. Mediators do not provide legal advise or psychotherapy, they assist parties in coming to a peaceful, reasonable resolution to their issues.
Our attorneys are trained by the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators in Divorce Mediation.
Collaborative Law is a reasonable, more affordable way for parties to go to divorce. There are three basic principals to collaborative practice: a pledge not to go to court, an honest exchange of all information and an end result which is beneficial to the parties and their children.
A Collaborative Divorce can be vastly less costly than the typical litigated divorce. Parties have more control over costs and it is more efficient. Parties can set their own timeline as to how long their divorce will take. With litigation, parties are at the mercy of the Court in obtaining a final divorce. In some cases, with litigation, it can take years from the filing of the Complaint to Trial.
With a Collaborative Divorce, parties make their own determination in the outcome of their matter. Parties have control in what happens to them and their children after the marriage has ended. Parties learn the tools to resolve their own issues, and therefore they are more likely to stay out of Court and avoid post-divorce issues. With litigated matters, a judge who does not know you or your children makes decisions that affect you for the rest of your lives.
Parties also can maintain their privacy in a Collaborative Divorce. When litigating in open Court, a parties laundry is out in the open. In the Collaborative Divorce, everything is kept private within the team and is not disclosed unless otherwise agreed to by the parties.