New Jersey couples who want to divorce have options. One of them is divorce mediation. Mediation offers various benefits.
What is divorce mediation?
Divorce mediation is a process that involves both spouses meeting with a neutral third party, a mediator. Sessions normally occur in the mediator’s office, but they can even take place virtually if necessary. The parties meet to calmly and rationally discuss all matters related to the divorce and any concerns. The mediator is neutral and serves to help both parties come to a conclusion on how best to resolve issues of concern. For example, the spouses might not initially agree on child support or custody. The mediator’s job is to help them reach an agreement that works for both of them.
After the spouses have agreed on all matters, a settlement agreement is prepared and filed with the court. The divorce is considered uncontested.
What are the benefits of divorce mediation?
Mediation used for a divorce offers both parties certain benefits. One of the most notable is that it can save both spouses a lot of money. At the very least, mediation can save around 10% of the cost of a traditional divorce.
You can also save time with divorce mediation. While a court divorce can be a long, drawn-out battle, mediation allows your divorce to be final in a fraction of the time.
Divorce mediation allows you to take better control of your divorce. Both parties get to meet and discuss what concerns them so that they can work it out in a mature, calm manner. This also helps to eliminate the stress that’s normally felt during a traditional divorce and protect any children involved.
With a traditional court divorce, everything goes on public record, but with mediation, you have the benefit of everything staying private and confidential. You and your spouse can avoid long legal battles in court with divorce mediation. This is a benefit that your entire family can enjoy. Whether you have minor children or adult children, everyone benefits.
Divorce mediation is a good option for many couples who no longer want to be married. If there’s no history of domestic violence or other abuse, you might benefit from mediation.