When a couple goes through divorce proceedings, they sometimes wish to pursue other methods that exist outside of a courtroom. While these alternatives are not always possible for all couples, they can be beneficial for others. Settling a divorce outside of court gives couples the opportunity to determine their divorce arrangements on their own without the assistance of a judge. One commonly used method of divorce is mediation.
The process of mediation allows spouses to work together to negotiate the terms of their divorce. This is done with the guidance of an unbiased third party instead of a judge. During this process, spouses discuss any marital issues that have not yet been resolved and make decisions regarding their divorce on their own terms. The mediator exists to listen to both sides of the marriage and helps the spouses reach decisions that work best for their situation. Topics of discussion that take place in mediation may consist of child custody, child support, the division of assets, and alimony.
Benefits of Mediation
There are many benefits to using mediation instead of a divorce through trial. When spouses are able to reach decisions regarding their divorce on their own, they often feel better walking away from the relationship. The benefits of mediation may include:
- Control: When a couple divorces through trial, a judge makes any decisions about their marital issues. Mediation gives spouses control over their future by making decisions about their divorce.
- Confidentiality: Mediation is completely confidential. Neither spouse or the third party present is allowed to speak of information that is shared about during mediation or use it against one other. This allows spouses to be open and honest with one another.
- Speed: Mediation can be a quicker process than other methods of divorce. How long it lasts can be dependent on the couple and how many marital issues they have to resolve.
- Cost: Unlike divorcing through trial, mediation is cost-effective. Divorce through trial can become expensive for the couple and the state of New Jersey.
- Choice: Mediation is never required. Couples are given the option to participate, as it is a voluntary process that allows spouses to reach decisions on their own terms.
- Family: When a couple uses mediation, it usually benefits any family involved in the process. Trials can often become hostile, while mediation allows for healthy conversations. This is especially beneficial for families with children.
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