Divorce doesn’t always have to involve a battle between the two parties. In some cases, working together through mediation can be beneficial if the divorcing couple is civil and willing to negotiate. Mediation may be a good option for New Jersey couples who both know divorce is the right answer and who want to get through the process as quickly and with as little stress, as possible.
What is needed for mediation?
Mediation allows couples to negotiate divorce terms with a neutral third-party mediator. Mediation can be more affordable and can take less time than going through a court battle. Through mediation, one can negotiate asset division, child support, child custody, and other divorce matters. The mediator acts as a guide to help both parties understand their rights and responsibilities. The mediator does not offer advice and does not represent either party, which is why it’s important for both parties to consult with their own attorneys.
When preparing for mediation, one should get all relative documents in order before beginning the process. This includes tax returns, pay stubs, property valuation information, financial statements, and other information related to assets owned. For mediation to be successful, both parties must be willing to compromise on financial matters and other divorce terms.
Mediation doesn’t mean an attorney isn’t important
Some people may be under the impression that with mediation, one doesn’t need to consult with an attorney. But working with a New Jersey family law attorney is important when going through a divorce. The attorney can help one decide how best to negotiate divorce matters to get the best outcome for everyone involved.