If you are considering a mediated divorce, learning more about the process can help things go more smoothly. Read on to learn more.
Mediation vs litigation?
Mediation takes place outside of the court. It involves the help of a neutral third party. This third party helps the couple work through the matters of their divorce. These matters may include issues of child support, child custody, spousal support, division of assets, and more. Litigation will also deal with some of the same issues. However, these matters will be decided upon by a New Jersey judge.
Mediation vs other out-of-court methods?
Mediation is not the only out-of-court method you may utilize. Couples also get divorced through the process of arbitration or collaborative divorce.
Common benefits of mediation?
While there are pros and cons to every type of divorce, more and more couples are turning toward mediation. This is because mediation offers:
- Control: Mediation gives spouses more control over the matters of their divorce by allowing them to make their own decisions regarding the outcome.
- Confidentiality: Mediation is a confidential process. Neither spouse nor the third party involved can speak about any information shared about during the process. They also cannot use any information against one other. This allows both spouses to be open and honest with one another. Additionally, matters settled outside of the court cannot become a matter of public record.
- Speed: Mediation can be quicker than other methods of divorce. This is because the length of the process depends on the couple and how many issues they have to resolve.
- Cost: Mediation is generally more cost-effective than divorcing through trial. Trials can be expensive for the couple and the state.
- Choice: Spouses are never required to participate in mediation. Spouses choose to work together, which can be beneficial when it comes to working together and making decisions that benefit both parties.
- Family: When a couple uses mediation, it usually benefits their family. For example, trials can create potentially hostile situations, while mediation allows for healthy conversations. This is especially beneficial for families with children.
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