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It is a commonly misconceived notion that all spouses are required to divorce in a courtroom. This is not always the case. There are various alternative methods of divorce that spouses can choose from if they wish to do so. A common alternative method is the process of mediation. Continue reading below to learn more about this process and contact a New Jersey divorce attorney for assistance with your divorce.

What is Mediation?

In some divorce cases, spouses are able to work with one another in reaching decisions regarding the outcome of their divorce. Those who are able to do so can benefit from divorcing through mediation. Through this method, spouses can participate in negotiations regarding the terms of their divorce. This allows them to work together to reach decisions regarding matters such as child custody, child support, the division of assets, and alimony. These discussions are guided by an unbiased third-party mediator who exists to help spouses make these decisions. 

What are the Benefits of Mediation?

The following are several benefits to divorcing through mediation:

  • Control: Spouses have control over making their own decisions.
  • Confidentiality: The information discussed in mediation cannot be shared or used against either party involved.
  • Speed: The length of mediation tends to be faster, as it is dependent upon the couple and the issues they have to resolve.
  • Cost: Trials can be expensive for both the couple and the state. Mediation is more cost-effective. 
  • Choice: Spouses choose to participate in mediation, making the process entirely voluntary. 
  • Family: Mediation can benefit any couple that has family involved in the situation, as it promotes healthy conversations instead of hostility.

How Does Mediation End?

When spouses reach their conclusions regarding the terms of their divorce, the mediator can draft a Memorandum of Understanding. This is a document that details the agreements that were made throughout the process. The Memorandum will be provided to each individual attorney who can create a Matrimonial Settlement Agreement. Once both pirates sign this document, they can go to court as an uncontested case. Here, a judge can finalize the divorce and the process is officially concluded.

Contact our Firm

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.