The Benefits Of Divorce Mediation

Written By Gary J. Natale

“You can’t always get what you want;

You can’t always get what you want;

You can’t always get what you want,

But if you try sometimes

Well you might find what you need.”

Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones

 

Divorce can be expensive. Especially when emotions get out of control and adversarial attorneys get involved.  No wonder more couples are looking to mediation to help with the dissolution of their marriages.  Mediation may not be a viable option for some.  In some cases, an attorney familiar with complex asset division issues may be in order.

For many, however, the pursuit of an amicable parting can be resolved outside the courtroom and mediation may be the best vehicle with which to accomplish this.  Here are a few of the benefits of divorce mediation:

  • Amicable
  • Control
  • Confidentiality
  • Creativity
  • Flexibility
  • Timely
  • Efficient

Amicable

A mediator is a neutral party that helps you and your spouse come to a mutually decided agreement. In the courtroom, communication between couples can be cumbersome at best and emotionally traumatic at worst. Mediation is about cooperation in an effort to address the practical challenges of separation and divorce.

Control

Do you really want a black-robed stranger deciding the future of your family?  Sometimes mediation is not an option, but when it is, the two of you decide what issues to resolve. The control of what the terms of your divorce agreement ultimately are depends on you (not the courts) in mediation.

Confidentiality

The details of your divorce proceedings happen in public and will become public record.  Mediation consists of meetings that are private and all of the details, discussions, and disagreements are privileged information (not played out in a courtroom full of people).

Creativity

Stepping outside the courtroom for the dissolution of your marriage allows you to also free yourself from the rigidity of New Jersey’s litigation system. This allows you to be creative in what is discussed and how it’s resolved.

Flexibility

The schedule of taking your divorce to court can only add complication to an already frustrating process. Many mediators allow couples to meet at more convenient times (and even via Skype or video phone calls).  Every little thing matters when dealing with the stress of divorce.

Timely

Adversarial divorce attorneys can draw out a litigated divorce for months and months. Resolution in mediation comes more quickly and couples don’t have to wait months for the next available court date.

Efficient

Less time in court means less expense to you. Lengthy court trials can cost couples a fortune. Spending your time and money with an attorney who seeks your good by walking you through mediation is a much more efficient use of resources.

A New Jersey Divorce Attorney

For more than 20 years, Attorney Gary Natale has offered a depth of understanding and meticulous dedication to his divorce clients.  We have helped couples throughout many New Jersey communities walk through divorce mediation, including clients in Bloomfield, Caldwell, Montclair, Verona, and Livingston.

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