All of us here at Jacobs Berger want to reassure our clients and business associates that their health and safety are our primary concern.

All of us here at Jacobs Berger want to reassure our clients and business associates that their health and safety are our primary concern and that we are also committed to the health and safety of our staff and our families. Though we are currently working remotely, we continue to operate as we always have, providing quality service and for us, it is “business as usual.”

We are offering telephonic and video calls, conferences, mediations, and strategic planning sessions to continue to service our clients and prospective clients, and are, of course, available for ongoing business partnerships via our virtual network!

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us via phone at 973-604-0048, by email, or, if necessary, carrier pigeon. (We are kidding about the last one, but you laughed, didn’t you?) Also, head to our social media pages for some tips on staying healthy, safe and sane during this time.

We are all in this together.

Attorneys in the Mediation Process

Divorce Mediation in Morris County

The Role of Attorneys in the Divorce Mediation Process, Morris County, NJ

Divorce Mediators Serving Clients across Morristown, Randolph, Denville, Madison, Dover, East Hanover, Florham Park, and Morris County

Mediation is a great alternative to litigation based divorce for many New Jerseyans. Additionally, mediation can be used for a number of other family law matters including child custody, division of marital assets, and much more. While many clients understand how mediation works at a high level, they are often less clear on the role of attorneys within the mediation process. There are two primary ways an attorney can be involved: as a mediation attorney or as independent counsel during the mediation process.

Our firm views mediation as a communicative, cooperative, and effective method of resolving legal disputes. Unlike some firms who offer mediation as a token, our mediation attorneys believe in the mediation process and are uniquely qualified to act as either mediator or as your personal attorney.

Call our office today to learn more about mediation and how we may be able to best serve your needs in a confidential and comprehensive Strategic Planning Session.

Madison Mediation Lawyers Act as Mediators

A common way that our Madison mediation lawyers are involved in the mediation process is as a neutral mediator. In other words, our attorneys are qualified to act as mediators for legal disputes. While all mediators are qualified to hear the details of your case and render a decision, it can be advantageous to work with a practicing New Jersey divorce and family law attorney in this capacity.

It is important to understand that existing clients or any individuals who have previously worked with an attorney may not use them as a neutral mediator in the future. This is because mediators must remain impartial and represent both parties in the mediation process.

Our Madison mediation attorneys will strive to use their intimate knowledge of New Jersey statutes to offer a fair recommendation for your legal disputes. Because mediation attorneys are up to date with current laws and decisions, the recommendation will be close to what you can expect from a court hearing in front of a judge without the added time and expense.

Randolph Divorce and Family Law Mediation Attorneys Act as Independent Counsel

Beyond acting as mediators, our Randolph divorce and family law mediation attorneys will frequently take the role of independent counsel during mediation. As mentioned previously, it is improper and unlawful for your independent counsel to act as a mediator, and many clients prefer to retain their current attorney even after deciding to enter into mediation.

Additionally, mediators are not always practicing attorneys. Some clients feel more comfortable working with both a mediator and an attorney who is representing their individual needs and concerns throughout the legal process.

Both parties must decide together on a mediator, regardless of whether you are opting to use a mediation attorney or a mediator. If you are interested in securing the legal services of an attorney as independent counsel because you are not comfortable with your mediator, you should first select a different mediator. It is absolutely essential that both parties are comfortable with the mediator or mediation attorney at the center of your mediation process.

If I am Using Mediation, Do I Need to Hire a Morris County Divorce Lawyer?

Mediation can be used to handle complex legal issues such as child custodychild supportalimonyequitable distribution of marital assets, and much more. While mediators are trained to represent both clients during the legal process, there is no replacement for having a qualified and experienced divorce and family law attorney in your corner.

At the end of the day, the decision of whether or not you will retain independent legal counsel to support you during the mediation process is up to you. There are a litany of considerations which may be useful towards making this decision, which are covered in greater detail in our Should I Retain Independent Legal Counsel During Mediation? page.

Contact our Morristown Divorce Mediation Attorneys Today

At Jacobs Berger, our divorce mediation attorneys take pride serving clients and their families from local Morris County towns such as Morristown, Madison, Randolph, East Hanover, Denville, Florham Park, Dover, Rockaway, and across all of Northern New Jersey. Our attorneys are qualified as mediators and as independent counsel during the mediation process. Our mediation attorneys believe in helping our clients build a solid foundation for their family’s financial and personal future. If you are looking for a firm who takes the time to understand their clients before offering legal advice, look no further.

For clients considering mediation as a method to resolve your legal disputes or those who are already involved in mediation and seeking independent legal counsel, please contact us online or call our Morristown offices today by dialing (973) 718-7705 for a confidential and comprehensive Strategic Planning Session with one of our qualified and experienced attorneys.