One of the first questions many people will ask when they are planning to get a divorce is whether or not they will have to go to court. The answer is no. One of the options you may use to avoid going to court is to get a divorce through mediation. When you choose mediation, you and your spouse go through a series of discussions with a mediator to divide assets, determine custody and any necessary support. This can be either child support or spousal support, depending on your specific situation. During a mediation, you don’t even necessarily need to have an attorney present, although many people prefer to. You and your spouse will be able to save money on legal fees and you will also be able to avoid court fees altogether this way.

There are a number of different ways a marriage can be dissolved and therefore, you and your spouse will have to discuss which option may be best for you. If you know that you will not be able to agree on any decisions, maybe it is best to have a judge make them for you in court. However, if you believe you can successfully complete the mediation process, you may be able to stay out of court.

Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC serves Sussex, Morris, and Bergen County with quality legal services regarding divorce and family law matters. If you need experienced representation and effective counsel, contact our Sparta office for a free consultation.