Upon deciding to get a divorce, spouses will have to make a decision on how to proceed with the divorce. During divorce proceedings, they will have to make decisions regarding marital issues. This can include the division of assets, alimony, child support and child custody arrangements. These decisions need have decisions made in order for the spouses to go their separate ways. Mediation is one way that couples can make decisions for themselves after deciding to get a divorce. During mediation sessions, spouses meet with a mediator who will guide them throughout the process. The sessions can include the spouses’ attorneys to assist as well. Overall, the spouses should work with one another and the mediator to come to agreements for each marital issue.

Does the mediator make decisions?

Mediation is a way for couples to talk through marital issues in order to reach a final outcome for each aspect of their divorce. The mediators involved in mediation do not make decisions for the couple as a judge does in court. Instead, the mediator involved monitors the conversation to ensure that it is productive toward reaching agreements. Spouses should be working toward these major decisions to finalize their divorce. With these decisions in place, they will be able to carry on with their separate futures. Since the mediator does not make decisions for a couple, many people see this process as more beneficial than litigation. During court, judges have the authority to make decisions for the divorcing couple. This can lead the spouses to be dissatisfied with the final outcomes that are made. You may not have control in court to reach an outcome that you desire regarding marital issues.

Can I end mediation?

If you enter into mediation and realize it is not what you expected, you have the option of ending it at any time. Mediation can be ended for various reasons. If you find that your spouse is not cooperating during the sessions, you have the option to end the process. For mediation, the cooperation of both spouses is needed to ensure that the process will be worthwhile. If both spouses do not cooperate and work together to decide on outcomes, the process will be nearly impossible. If you are not satisfied with the decisions that are being made in mediation and believe that your voice isn’t being heard, you have the ability to end mediation at any time. After this, you may have to enter into litigation if your divorce becomes contested.

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. Contact our firm for a consultation today.