What is Divorce Mediation?
More and more divorcing couples are turning to mediation to guide them through the steps of the divorce process. During divorce mediation, a trained and neutral mediator, often a family law attorney, meets with the couple in an informal setting outside of the courtroom.
Throughout the meeting, the mediator will discuss various solutions and guide the couple through negotiations to ultimately meet a mutual agreement on all the important matters and divisions that will result from the divorce. Some topics that may be discussed include the division of marital property and debts, alimony, child custody, child support, etc.
From the New Jersey family law attorneys at Bauer & Karch Law Group, LLC, here are five ways that couples can benefit from Divorce Mediation:
1.) Reduce Divorce Costs
It’s no secret that divorces are expensive. Opting for divorce mediation instead of going to court can save on many of the major expenses. The reduced financial strain can make the overall divorce process easier and more attainable.
2.) Save Time and Reduce Stress
Litigated divorces can range in time, with the average taking between nine months to two years. The process of divorce mediation typically lasts a few short months. Meditations provide a streamlined process for information gathering and decision-making in all aspects of the divorce, speeding up the overall time it takes to legally be declared divorced as well as reducing stress levels for all parties.
3.) Remain in Control
Divorce mediators are expertly trained at facilitating positive communications to find reasonable resolutions and educating spouses on their financial, parental, and legal options when it comes to divorce. This gives spouses the opportunity to be well-informed and decide what’s best for each other and the family as a whole rather than judges making these decisions on their behalf.
4.) Custom Solutions
A litigated divorce often takes a cookie-cutter approach to resolution. Divorce mediation can benefit both spouses by finding out-of-the-box solutions that help both parties and meet their unique needs. For example, you may want to create a more thoughtful child custody agreement that’s more complex and specific as opposed to a simple split that the courts often determine. Or, suppose you want to trade retirement for house equity, giving one spouse the ability to retain the house. These instances are possible in divorce mediation.
5.) Maintain Privacy and Confidentiality
Family matters are always sensitive and are best kept private. When you turn to mediation, you never enter a courtroom, meaning the process of your divorce will not be heard in hearings open to the public and will not be on record. Your communications, both written and verbal, throughout the mediation are always kept confidential, as well.
For expert divorce mediation in New Jersey, turn to the family law attorneys at Bauer & Karch Law Group, LLC.
At Bauer & Karch Law Group, LLC, we encourage our clients to take an amicable approach to their disputes and avoid litigation with mediation. The main goal of this less costly alternative is to settle disputes outside the courtroom.
Our family law attorneys are happy to guide you through the divorce mediation process. Visit our website or give us a call at 908-236-8204 to schedule your complimentary initial consultation.