One avenue of resolution that is often utilized by divorcing couples is private divorce mediation. Though this is typically a more cooperative and peaceful process, it is important to consult with a lawyer before deciding on any approach to handling your divorce. With more than 10 years of experience handling family law and divorce matters in the Ocean County, New Jersey area, clients turn to me, attorney Sarina Gianna, for help. I can provide you with the information you need and help you make an educated decision about whether to proceed with mediation or explore an alternative method of reaching an end to your divorce.
There are a number of litigants or potential litigants gravitating toward New Jersey mediation due to the following positive benefits that New Jersey mediation has to offer:
- Voluntary — In private New Jersey mediation, both parties are willing participants who want to be engaged in the process toward a potential resolution.
- Confidential — All New Jersey mediations, whether private or court-mandated, take place in a confidential setting. This ensures that the settlement discussions and negotiated positions revealed by each party never reach the judge, courtroom or court papers. Both parties are therefore free to openly offer reasonable settlement terms without the concern that a judge might learn about their "over-generosity" or "under-generosity" should a settlement not occur in mediation.
- Neutral — In both the private mediation process and the court-mandated New Jersey mediation, the professional mediator's role is to remain impartial with no vested interest in either party's position. After understanding both parties' positions, the New Jersey mediator will assist in facilitating a reasonable agreement between the parties.
- Nonbinding — No agreement reached during the course of the mediation session is initially subject to enforcement until the final settlement contract is signed by both parties.
- Collaborative — During a mediation session, the mediator's goal is to assist the parties in working together to reach an amicable resolution that suits their needs and the needs of their family. When couples settle their own conflict during mediation, it tends to reduce the tension between the parties, which helps preserve the relationships, strengthen co-parenting, and provides a greater likelihood of compliance with the agreement(s).
Whether you are contemplating a divorce in the state of New Jersey or involved in a complicated family dispute, New Jersey mediation is often the most economical, efficient and amicable way to resolve your issues.
To learn more about if mediation is right for you or get answers to your general mediation questions, call my firm at 732-451-6849 or contact me online.