Mediation Attorneys Morris County, NJ
Alternative Dispute Resolution in Randolph, Madison, Tewksbury, Morristown, and Morris County
One of the most popular alternatives to traditional divorce litigation is that of the mediation process. Mediation helps couples reduce the turmoil, cost, and unpredictability of divorce litigation, and also keeps your divorce out of public courts, allowing for privacy between the parties when discussing sensitive family issues.
Before any divorce or alternative dispute resolution process can be resolved, the key issues of child custody, child support, alimony and spousal support, and division of marital assets and debt will all need to be decided. However, just because you and your spouse may not immediately agree on exactly how to resolve all of these important issues doesn’t mean the mediation process won’t work for you. As long as you and your spouse are committed to resolving your disputes in a communicative and honest manner, and are willing to make compromises in an effort to more amicably, privately, and cost-effectively resolve your divorce, mediation can work for you.
At Jacobs Berger, LLC, we have helped many clients across Madison, Randolph, Tewksbury, Morristown, and the greater Morris County area to settle their divorce in a much more reasonable and pragmatic manner than traditional litigation-based divorces. Not only are our trained mediation attorneys highly knowledgeable and experienced, but they also fundamentally believe in the mediation process, and the many benefits it has already provided for many of our divorce clients.
Contact our firm today to discuss your divorce and the potential for mediation in a comprehensive and confidential Strategic Planning Session.
How Does Mediation Work in Morris County?
The mediation process involves a single, trained mediator who acts as a neutral third party between the divorcing couple. The neutrality of the divorce mediator allows both parties to discuss their specific needs and concerns without fear of judgment, and can help both parties to find common ground when deciding exactly what their divorce settlement agreement will entail.
Couples are given the freedom to choose their own mediation schedule, and after each meeting, our Madison mediation attorneys will update what is known as a “Memorandum of Understanding”, the document which will eventually become your formal Marital Settlement Agreement. As your mediation process evolves, and various issues are discussed and decided, your Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be updated to reflect those goals, decisions, and next steps, and each party will be provided a copy of their updated MoU.
Once all of the key divorce issues of child custody, child support, alimony, and asset division have been discussed and decided in a manner acceptable to both parties, the final MoU will be submitted to the courts as a formal Marital Settlement Agreement. Marital Settlement Agreements, which are a product of the mediation process, are given an expedited track through the court system, and if a judge finds your agreement to be equitable and fair, your divorce will be granted according to the terms outlined in your Marital Settlement Agreement.
Madison Mediation Lawyers Discuss the Benefits of the Process
The goal of any mediation is to reduce stress, introduce informality to the process, and resolve divorce issues at reduced cost and with greater personal privacy. Specifically, the advantages to resolving your divorce through the mediation process include:
- Neutral Environment – During the mediation process, individuals are given the platform to discuss their needs and concerns directly to their spouse, with a neutral divorce mediator guiding the process and helping the parties to remain open-minded to the needs of their partner, while also confident that their own needs will also be taken into consideration
- Faster Process – Most New Jersey divorces take around 16 months to resolve, while couples who choose mediation can typically expect their divorce to be resolved within the year if not sooner, depending on the schedule you choose for your mediation sessions.
- Privacy and Confidentiality – As traditional divorces are decided in public court, a permanent, public record of any and all of the issues you discuss throughout the course of your divorce will be kept. However, as mediation is decided outside of the court system, it offers a completely private and confidential environment for couples to discuss personal or private family issues without the concern that those issues will be released to the public.
- Less Expensive – The mediation process involves only a single attorney, encourages cooperation between the parties rather than contention, and typically is a faster process than traditional divorce. All of this can lead to a significantly reduced cost to the parties when compared with a court-based divorce.
By reducing the stress of the divorce process and working with a neutral mediator, it is possible to create more satisfying, constructive, private, and inexpensive arrangements for child custody, child support, spousal support, and division of assets. Furthermore, the mediation process can help you establish the building blocks for a successful co-parenting relationship moving forward by working together to make your own arrangements, rather than having a judge decide those arrangements for you.
Will Mediation Work for My Divorce?
No one solution is right for every dispute. While mediation can be adopted to work in many different situations, the fact of the matter is that it requires a commitment from both parties to work together- and find common ground compromises in many different areas.
At Jacobs Berger, LLC, we encourage our clients to choose the mediation process over divorce litigation, but only when we believe that mediation can and will work for you. Contact our firm to schedule an honest and thorough assessment of your unique situation today.
Contact our Morristown Mediation Attorneys Today
At Jacobs Berger, LLC our attorneys have extensive experience helping our clients to more peaceably, privately, inexpensively, and efficiently resolve their divorce issues through the mediation process in Randolph, Madison, Tewksbury, Morristown, and the greater Morris County area.
The unique approach of our firm focuses on helping clients to construct the building blocks for a successful legal, financial, and parental future, rather than tearing down all that you have worked to achieve through contentious, and often unnecessary, litigation.
Regardless of how you choose to resolve your divorce, we are ready to provide you with skilled legal guidance and representation throughout the process, and ensure you and your family’s future.
To schedule a confidential Strategic Planning Session with our firm today regarding your divorce, and how the mediation process can benefit you during this process, please contact us online, or through our Morristown, NJ office at (973) 718-7705.