What is Mediation
Mediation is a process in which a couple can take control of their dispute and try to work together to come to an agreement both can live with. It is a voluntary process in which the couple will work with a trained expert to explore the different options and factors that must be considered to form an agreement that will work for both of them. Ms. Friedland is a mediation attorney in Morris County, New Jersey with over seven years of experience dealing with family mediation.
Ms. Friedland decided to practice mediation after seeing the benefits to her clients both emotionally and financially. By participating in mediation, couples were able to resolve their disputes more quickly since they were not constantly waiting for a judge to be available. In addition, they would be more satisfied with the outcome since they took a hands on roll in structuring the result.
What is Mediation
What is the difference between mediation and divorce in new jersey? How exactly does mediation work? If my spouse already filed for divorce, does this mean we can’t go to mediation anymore? These are just some of the questions clients have in deciding how they want to proceed. If a couple is still able to work amicably with one another, and are willing to try to compromise on issues to reach a fair resolution, then mediation is an excellent option regardless of where you are in the divorce process.
The first step is to choose a mediator to work with. A list of mediators who have been approved by the New Jersey Courts to provide mediation in family cases can be found on the New Jersey Judiciary website. Ms. Friedland is an approved mediation lawyer in Morris county, NJ. Once the couple finds a mediator they are both comfortable with, they can then set to work buy first agreeing on where the disagreements actually lie and then working together to solve them.
Once the disputed issues is established, the mediator will go about exploring those issues with the couple, usually by asking questions and reviewing documents. The idea is that through discussing the issue, and answering the questions honestly, a resolution will become apparent. The mediator may also offer suggestions or options the couple might not have originally thought of or might have discarded without fully exploring them. The Mediator will not decide an issue, like a judge, and cannot advise an individual on what they should or should not do. Because of this it is important if you go through mediation you also meet with a divorce attorney in NJ.
There are many benefits to mediation both emotionally and financially. In most cases, mediation is faster than litigation. This in turn avoids the unnecessary strain of waiting for the court to reach your case, and the added cost of repeated court delays. In addition to being faster, couples participating in mediation can be more creative in structuring an arrangement that will work best for them. This increases each person’s feeling of satisfaction and the likelihood that an agreement will be followed. Finally, mediation is private. There is no need to file inflammatory papers with the court or to file disclosure forms detailing your finances or parenting issues. All of the discomfort in opening up your life to the court is avoided.
Divorce Alternatives in NJ
Divorce mediation in New Jersey is an excellent alternative to the standard divorce. The most common complaints couples have about standard divorce law in NJ is that it takes too long and costs too much. To many times couples are asked to wait months before they are given the opportunity to appear before a judge, only to then become more frustrated as they are forced to sit and wait in a hall or crowded courtroom until it is their turn. All of this frustration could be avoided if the couple is willing to sit down and try mediation as an alternative.