When a couple goes through a divorce, they sometimes look into other methods that exist outside of a courtroom. While this is not possible for all couples, these alternative processes can be favorable for others. Settling a divorce outside of court gives couples a chance to determine their divorce arrangements on their own without the intervention of a judge. A commonly used alternative method of divorce is mediation.
The process of mediation lets spouses work together in order to negotiate the terms of their divorce. This is done with the assistance of an third party instead of a judge. Though, unlike a judge, the third party does not make decisions for the spouses. They remain unbiased and listen to both spouses’ sides to help them reach a decision that works best for them. During mediation, the spouses discuss marital issues that have not yet been resolved and come to their own decisions. Topics of discussion that take place in mediation may include child custody, child support, the division of assets, and alimony.
Benefits of Mediation
There are many benefits to using divorce mediation instead of divorcing through a trial. Spouses often feel better about reaching the end of their relationship when they are able to decide the outcome of their separation themselves. The benefits of divorce through mediation may include:
- Control: When a couple divorces through a trial, a judge will make the decisions regarding their marital issues. Mediation gives spouses control over the outcome by making their own decisions.
- Confidentiality: Mediation is a completely confidential process. Neither spouse or the third party involved is allowed to speak about any information shared about during mediation. They also cannot use it against one other. This allows both 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: Mediation is more cost-effective than divorcing through trial. Trials can become expensive for the couple as well as the state of New Jersey.
- Choice: Spouses are never required to go through mediation. Couples have the option to participate in the process to discuss and resolve the divorce their way.
- Family: When a couple uses mediation, it typically benefits any family involved. Trials can sometimes become hostile, while mediation allows for healthy conversations. This is especially favorable for families with children.
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