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Understanding how divorce mediation works

On Behalf of | Jan 20, 2023 | Divorce

Divorce mediation is a process in which a neutral third party, the mediator, helps couples who are going through a divorce to agree on various issues related to their separation, such as property division, child custody and spousal support. The goal of mediation in New Jersey is to help the couple reach a mutually acceptable agreement without the need for a trial.

The process

The process of divorce mediation typically begins with an initial meeting between the couple and the mediator. During this meeting, the mediator will explain the mediation process and the role they will play in helping the couple reach an agreement. The mediator will also discuss any ground rules or guidelines that the couple needs to follow during the mediation process.

After the initial meeting, the couple will meet with the mediator regularly to discuss the issues related to their divorce. The mediator will help the couple to identify the areas of agreement and disagreement and will work with them to find solutions that are acceptable to both parties. The mediator may also provide information and resources to help the couple make informed decisions about their separation.

Facilitating an agreement

One of the benefits of divorce mediation is that it allows the couple to have more control over the outcome of their divorce. Unlike a trial, where a judge makes the final decision, mediation allows the couple to come to an agreement that they both find acceptable.

Improving communication

Another benefit of divorce mediation is that it can help to improve communication between the couple, which can be particularly important if they have children together. Mediation can provide a safe and neutral space for the couple to talk about their concerns and work towards a resolution.

When mediation may not be appropriate

It’s important to note that divorce mediation is not suitable for every couple. In cases of domestic violence or other forms of abuse, mediation may not be appropriate. Mediators are trained to recognize these situations and will not proceed with mediation if they believe that it is not safe for one or both parties.

Deciding on mediation

Divorce mediation is a process that can help couples who are going through a divorce to agree on various issues related to their separation. Understanding the process can help you decide whether mediation is right for your particular case.