Divorce Mediation—A Way to Resolve Disputes Amicably
When you’ve come to the conclusion that your marriage isn’t working, and that it can’t be saved, you may want to simply end it with as little conflict as possible. You may be worn out from months or years of tension and disagreement. You may consider it important to find ways to get along with your ex, perhaps for the benefit of your children. Regardless of your reasons, divorce mediation can help you minimize the anger and bitterness that often come with divorce, and can save you time and money as well.
The Advantages of Divorce Mediation
One of the most frustrating aspects of the traditional divorce process—the filing of a lawsuit, serving of papers, seemingly endless hearings and motions—is the uncertainty that comes with it. In the adversarial process, you put together your best arguments and your spouse puts together his/her best arguments. The court listens and declares one of you the winner and one of you the loser. You don’t know how it will end until it ends, and you have little impact on or involvement in the process—it’s ultimately someone else’s decision.
Mediation is different—you participate in the decision-making process from the beginning. You can propose options for resolving your differences, and you can always reject a proposal from your ex-spouse. Furthermore, the mediation process is designed to facilitate compromise—it’s not a winner-take-all approach, but can be a “win-win” situation.
Additionally, mediation is typically far less expensive than the traditional divorce process. Because the mediator does not take testimony, does not consider whether evidence is admissible or not, and does not make rulings of any kind, there is no need for many of the legal maneuverings that typically make the process costly—depositions, production of documents, motions on a variety of matters.
Furthermore, you can typically schedule mediation within weeks or a couple months, and the process is often completed in one or two sessions.
Contact the New Jersey Divorce Lawyers at Lyons & Associates
At the law office of Lyons & Associates, we represent men and women throughout New Jersey who have unresolved family law matters, including domestic violence issues. We place a premium on personalized service and attention. For a private consultation, contact us by e-mail or call our office at 908-575-9777.