Mediation can be quite beneficial to divorcing couples. Avoiding litigation can save time, money, and mitigate the emotional turmoil of a divorce on the parties and those witnessing the split. If you are getting divorced, you may be a good candidate for mediation. Though speaking with an attorney is best, below is a small sampling of factors that can help guide your decision.
Mediation vs Litigation
It is important to note that there are different ways to go about getting a divorce. One of these ways is mediation. Mediation involves a neutral third party helping a couple work through the matters of their divorce. A mediator may be able to help you come up with creative solutions that suit the needs of both parties. If your divorce is litigated, it will go through the court, and the court will make decisions regarding the matter of your divorce. This can be a long and expensive process, but it is the right choice for some. Every couple is different, so every divorce will be different. Speak with an attorney to help you find the right plan for you.
Is Mediation Right for You?
You and your spouse may be good candidates for mediation if you meet the following criteria:
- You are both willing to voluntarily attend and actively participate in mediation. If one of you wants to mediate and one of you does not, mediation may not be an option for you.
- You are both comfortable and interested in making your own decisions. You and your spouse acknowledge that you want to be in complete control of the decisions you make. Even though the mediator is an active participant in the process, he/she will not give you advice or tell you what to do.
- You are both mentally capable of making your own decisions. You both must be of sound mind and have the mental capacity to make decisions.
- There is no restraining order in place. As mediation requires the parties to communicate with each other in real-time, any order prohibiting you and your spouse from doing so will prevent you from meditating.
Mediation comes with many benefits to those who are committed to a common goal. Our firm is dedicated to working with couples who wish to avoid litigation. If you are interested in a mediated divorce, reach out to our firm today.
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We understand that those getting a divorce most likely have several questions regarding the weeks and months to come. Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC is honored to serve the people of New Jersey, including Sparta, Sussex County, Morris County, Passaic County, and Bergen County with the quality legal services they deserve. If you are getting a divorce or have any other questions regarding divorce-related matters, please do not hesitate to contact our firm for a consultation today.