When it comes to divorce, many couples assume litigation and mediation are their only options. The truth is, there are a number of different ways to get divorced in New Jersey. Read on to learn about your various options:

Litigated Divorce

Many couples get divorced through the process of litigation. This involves a couple getting divorced through a New Jersey court. During this process, a judge will make decisions regarding various matters such as child custody, child support, division of assets, spousal support, and more.

Mediated Divorce

A common alternative divorce method is the process of mediation. During mediation, spouses work together to negotiate the terms of their divorce with the help of a neutral third party. This third party is there to mediate any disagreements that may occur and guide the spouses towards solutions that work best for them.

Collaborative Divorce

A collaborative divorce consists of a series of four-way meetings between the couple and their own attorneys. In order to ensure that all parties are working toward the best solution, collaborative divorces are supported by a Participation Agreement. This is a document signed by both spouses and their attorneys. It details each individual’s responsibilities during the process. This requires them to put in the necessary effort to make the process work. When the attornies sign it, they are prohibited from representing their clients if the process does not work. Additionally, collaborative divorces may involve expert witnesses.


Like mediation, the process of arbitration also requires the assistance of a third party. But, unlike mediation, this third party acts as a judge during the proceedings. Instead of guiding a couple to their agreements, this individual is able to make all the final decisions regarding the couple’s marital issues. 

How do I know which method to choose?

The truth is, every couple is different and divorce is a complicated process. As a result, there is not always a clear or easy answer when it comes to determining how to settle your divorce. In order to decide which method of divorce to utilize, it is best to speak with an experienced attorney who can help guide you in the right direction.

If you are filing for divorce in New Jersey, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to discuss your options.

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