Divorce mediation or family mediation is a non-adversarial means to work out divorce, post divorce, or separation issues. These issues can include custody, time-sharing, alimony, child support, and the many other situations that may arise during divorce and separation.
In a divorce mediation or family mediation, parties reach a mutual resolution. While you probably won't get all of what you want, neither will the other person. The point is for both of you to have ownership of the process, and in doing so, come up with an agreement you can both live with comfortably.
Divorce mediation has many benefits compared to divorce litigation and saves on both time and attorney's fees. Family mediation enjoys many of the same benefits. The divorce and family mediators with Celli & Schlossberg, LLC understand the need of both parties to come to an agreement.
Divorce Mediation can take the place of going to court before a judge and having him or her decide the matter. Because both parties are cooperatively trying to work things out, divorce mediation is almost always faster and less expensive than going the route of litigation. Because the divorce mediators with Celli & Schlossberg, LLC are specifically trained in this area, they can help both parties emerge with a resolution they can accept.
Family Mediation is helpful in disputes over things like child support and visitation rights. Like divorce mediation, it is designed to replace an adversarial lawsuit and court appearance. The family mediators at Celli & Schlossberg, LLC are experts at helping both parties arrive at workable compromises that avoid further deterioration of the relationship. Contact us to arrange a family mediation consultation.
The Process of Divorce and Family Mediation
The first meeting with a divorce mediator or family mediator will likely be spent collecting the background information and facts of the situation. Each person's positions, needs and wants are identified and the ground rules for proceeding are established. After all the information is reviewed, the divorce or family mediator helps the couple explore the available settlement options.
Negotiations can begin after all the pertinent details have been gathered. It's important to have all the necessary information so realistic and fair proposals for settlement can be considered. This is also the time when it is especially important to be willing to compromise. Winning every little point is not the goal. Instead, both parties should be cognizant of the higher goals as they work together to achieve a settlement.
The couple will continue with the mediation process for as long as they feel they are making progress. When the parties have agreed upon all the issues, a statement of their understanding is drawn up by the mediator and reviewed by each person's attorney. The attorney then converts the statement into a legally binding agreement to be used in future proceedings.
During divorce litigation, couples are required to go through the mediation process as a means of resolving issues. Years of research shows that when you compare couples who have mediated divorces to those who have gone through an adversarial divorce, mediating couples are more likely to be satisfied with the results. The earlier you can engage the mediation process, the quicker you will come to a conclusion that will minimize the potential for having to go back to court later to fight over issues.
Advantages of Mediation
- You have personal control over the settlement;
- There is less trauma on you and any children involved;
- It is not as time consuming as escalating court battles;
- It is less expensive than the court process because the attorney is more effectively using his or her time and both the clients are actively involved in the settlement;
- May eliminate conflicts before they arise;
- Is private;
- Helps avoid the distress and embarrassment of a public court battle;
- Studies show that couples who have worked together through a mediator are over three times more likely to uphold the terms of their agreement than couples who have divorced through the adversarial system.
Our Family and Divorce Mediators
According to the State of NJ, family law mediators are required to learn basic mediation skills as well as receive specialized family mediation training covering family and child development, family law, divorce procedures, family finances, and community resources. The divorce and family mediators with Celli & Schlossberg, LLC have undergone the necessary training courses and also been approved for admission to the roster of Mediators for Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases administered through the New Jersey Superior Court. Meet our family and divorce mediators. Call us to learn how divorce mediation can benefit you.