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Divorce mediation is often a popular choice for couples going through a divorce because it is one of the most peaceful ways to end their marriage. Continue reading to learn more and reach out to our skilled Bergen County divorce attorney today.

What is divorce mediation?

Unlike litigation, divorce mediation is executed privately behind closed doors, rather than in a crowded courtroom. Generally, mediation is conducted with the aid of a mediator which acts as a neutral third party. The mediator assists parties communicate in order to reach an agreement. Though, you will want to note that the mediator does not support either side or come up with a resolution. Instead, the neutral party is a moderator. He or she helps empower parties in reaching a conclusion.

What is the mediation process like?

The mediation process does not involve a judge or decision-maker. Rather, each party, on their own, will come to an agreement that is useful to all involved disputants. There is no “loser” in the process. Both participants aim to reach innovative solutions, which help with everyone’s needs. Moreover, because parties are compelled to communicate through this, it helps aid communication in prospective contacts (post-dispute), if needed.

Why should you choose mediation over litigation?

Mediation is particularly favored because it is adaptable. In many divorce law disputes, there is a lot that goes into the perfect court date. However, mediation is flexible. It can be completed in the evenings or the weekends. Court appearances do not need to be months apart. Rather, participants can meet multiple times a month. Because there is plenty of flexibility in planning the process, it is more manageable for parties to come together and reach a conclusion. While a resolution may be found in just a few months via mediation, many family law disputes take over a year to settle in court.

The process is also affordable. By not choosing to go through litigation, you will cut out many of the administrative costs associated with appearing before a judge and court personnel. It is also important to realize that the parties have more of a voice in this process as well. An agreement or “ruling” is made by those directly impacted in the dispute. On the other hand, a court appearance in public makes it hard to go in-depth on important issues.


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