For most couples in Morris County, getting divorced does not have to be a confrontational process. Even when spouses seem to be completely at odds about key issues – such as property distribution and child custody rights – they can often work together to reach mutually-agreeable terms.
There are a number of methods available for pursuing an amicable divorce and Morris County has several programs to help individuals in a variety of situations. One option comes in the form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) known as mediation. At Veres & Riordan LLC, our attorneys provide experienced representation for divorce mediation in addition to serving as court-approved mediators in Morris County divorces.
Mediation is a voluntary process that divorcing spouses in Morris County, New Jersey and elsewhere throughout the state often use to work toward finalizing the terms of their divorce settlement agreement. Couples can use mediation to address all of the issues involved in their divorce.
Or, in appropriate circumstances, they can choose to mediate individual issues – such as asset distribution, alimony or child support – while using other methods (including litigation) to resolve the more- or less-contentious issues in their divorce.
In mediation, the divorcing spouses work with a neutral third-party mediator in order to reach a compromise. Unlike arbitration and litigation, in which the neutral third party makes decisions for them, in mediation, the spouses retain the final say.
The mediator’s job is to help each spouse see the issues from the other’s point of view, and to offer suggestions to help the divorcing spouses find common ground on which to settle the terms of their divorce.
When mediation makes sense given the spouses’ current positions on the issues and their willingness to work together, it can have several benefits over other methods of dispute resolution. Some of the key benefits of mediation include:
If you would like to learn more about the mediation process or find out if mediation may be a good option for your divorce, we invite you to contact us for an initial consultation. To speak with one of our experienced attorneys in confidence, call our Morris County family law offices at (973) 537-1700 or send us a message online today.