Contested divorce is never easy. If you and your spouse cannot agree on the terms of your divorce, you will often enter the litigation process. This is where a judge will determine child custody, asset distribution, and more, on your behalf. What’s more, the litigation is oftentimes a long, drawn-out, and costly process. Fortunately, there is a potentially cheaper, calmer, approach available to you and your spouse: divorce mediation. If you think this may work for you, please read on and reach out to our experienced New Jersey divorce mediator to learn more about how our firm can help. Here are some of the questions you may have:
Should I hire a divorce mediator?
There are several benefits to hiring a divorce mediator. First and foremost, hiring a divorce mediator can ultimately smooth out the otherwise emotionally, financially, and legally painful divorce process. Essentially, the goal of a divorce mediator is to facilitate civil, productive discussion between you and your spouse. A divorce mediator is a non-biased third-party who both you and your spouse can select together.
When you appoint a divorce mediator, you allow yourself to resolve otherwise contested issues outside of the courtroom setting, which is perhaps the biggest sigh of relief for many spouses. Because you work closely with both your spouse and the mediator, you will actually have a voice in the outcome of your divorce, which generally makes it far easier for spouses to accept.
If all is successful and you can agree on the various aspects of your divorce, your mediator will draft a Memorandum of Understanding, which is a nonbinding agreement that represents a resolution of the issues you discussed in your mediation session(s). Finally, you will obtain a formal divorce judgment, where your mediation agreement is now made into a legally binding divorce agreement.
What documentation will I need before beginning the process?
Before meeting with your mediator, you and your spouse will have to provide the mediator with various forms of information, including financial disclosure forms, retirement or debt accounts, tax returns, present and future budgets, copies of the pleading filed with the court, and more. If you have any further questions about the mediation process and what you will need to bring, simply reach out to our compassionate firm and ask. We are here to help you.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
Matters of divorce and family law require the attention and skill of an experienced attorney who will fight for your future. Not only is your financial well-being at stake, but in a divorce, both you and your children’s emotional well-being are at risk as well. If you need a divorce and family law attorney in Ocean County, New Jersey, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Sarina Gianna, LLC today to schedule a consultation.