What is Mediation

Bergen County Mediation Attorney

Guiding NJ Couples Through The Process Of Mediation

Mediation is a popular way for a couple to divorce and separate. If a couple can come to terms outside of court, they can save time and money while deciding on factors for themselves. If a couple believes that they can set aside their emotions and address contested marital issues, mediation may be a good option for them. Through mediation, a couple can address issues, including alimony, property distribution, relocation, child support, child custody and visitation, and more. As more people realize the financial and emotional impact of a divorce case, mediation is quickly gaining traction. If you need an experienced mediator to guide you through the process of alternative dispute resolution, contact The Radol Law Firm to discuss your situation.

What is mediation?

Mediation is the constructive negotiation between a couple facilitated by a neutral third party. Mediation is not only for divorcing couples. Mediation is a method used across a wide range of legal matters. In the context of family law and divorce, mediation can resolve issues related to the divorce, post-divorce issues, and more. Each party must set aside their emotions and focus on the end goal, focusing on the constructive discussion and mutual respect.

What is a mediator?

The mediator will facilitate the negotiations. A mediator is a neutral third party that represents neither party and only has the goal to reach an agreement that is fair and just to both parties. He or she will ensure that everyone’s concerns are heard. Once complete, the mediator can draft a separation agreement to be reviewed by individual counsel and later filed with the court.

How does mediation start?

Often, mediation starts with the mediator describing the process, the rights of everyone involved, and what should be expected. Once the mediator believes that the couple is ready, the process can begin. Mediation focuses on contested issues that need to be addressed. If a couple can agree to some but not all marital issues, the mediator will work to resolve those specific matters. The fewer the issues, the less time mediation can take, depending on the couple.

How long is the mediation process?

Mediation has no time limits or court-imposed deadlines. The process takes as long as the couple needs. While some couples are able to resolve their issues within a few sessions, others need longer to come to a conclusion that works for them. In the context of divorce, once the couple is satisfied and the mediator believes that the end result is fair and just to both parties, the mediator will draft a Separation Agreement to be reviewed and filed with the family court. At that juncture, the document can be used to file for divorce.

Contact The Radol Law Firm

Mediation can lessen the impact on the family, financially and emotionally. When divorce is mediated, a couple can save money and time, demonstrate peaceful dispute resolution methods to their children, and start to forge a respectful relationship that works in the best interests of the child.  If you are interested in knowing about the process or need our mediation services, contact The Radol Law Firm for a consultation.