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Alternative Methods of Divorce in New Jersey

When couples are going through a divorce, they sometimes seek alternative methods that do not require litigation. While it is not possible for all couples, some are able to come to agreements regarding the terms of their divorce without the assistance of a judge. Because of this, other options are available to end a marriage without litigation. These methods allow a couple to settle their divorce on their own terms. During these processes, spouses discuss arrangements on marital issues such as child support, child custody, the division of assets, and alimony.

Mediated Divorce

One commonly used method of divorce is mediation. In mediation, spouses can negotiate the terms of their separation regarding any unresolved marital issues. This is done with the help of an unbiased third party to guide the spouses to the best arrangements for them. This third party exists to mediate any disagreements that may take place.

Once an agreement is reached, the third party can draft an agreement for them to sign. After this, the document is presented to the court for review. If the court agrees with the decisions, the couple may be granted a Judgement of Divorce.

There is not a set duration for the process of mediation. It can last for as long as a couple needs to reach the necessary agreements. It is because of this that there are no time constraints to meet a certain deadline. This allows the couple to take the time they need to reach decisions.

Collaborative Divorce

A collaborative divorce occurs in a series of four-way meetings. Different than mediation, the negotiations taking place in these meetings are guided by attorneys to help spouses reach amicable agreements. These meetings allow the couple to discuss agreements on their marital issues.

A collaborative divorce is supported by a Participation Agreement. This is signed by both spouses and their attorneys, outlining the obligations of all parties involved. This ensures that all parties are responsible for putting in the effort to make the process work. When the agreement is signed, it bars each attorney from representing their clients if the process does not work. This also holds them accountable for putting in the effort to ensure the success of their clients.


Another option for divorce outside of court is arbitration. This also involves a third party. However, this third party acts as a judge instead of a mediator during the process. This individual makes all the final decisions regarding the marital issues at hand.

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