Handling any family law dispute whether it is a divorce, a child custody contest, or some other issue can be frustrating, psychologically draining, and extremely challenging. These disputes are often fraught with high emotion and tension making calm and rational behavior – and thinking – impossible. When you and the other party cannot make any headway, the decisions about how the matter will be resolved will land in the hands of the court. This means a judge who knows nothing about you except what is presented in the courtroom will be forced to make decisions that can deeply impact your life and your children’s lives long into the future.
A better way to handle such disputes is through mediation. In mediation, a trained neutral party helps you and the other party negotiate your way into an acceptable resolution. Mediators provide guidance and assistance in fostering positive communication, helping both parties see the others point of view, and encouraging cooperative and compromise in the interests of making decisions. Mediators do not make decisions for you nor are they there to get you to agree to something you believe is not in your best interests or that of your children.
In New Jersey, mediation is mandatory in the divorce process. If you need mediation services for divorce or for any other family law dispute, you can turn to De Tommaso Law Group. Our firm has served countless clients throughout Somerset County and other New Jersey counties with successful mediation.
What Are the Benefits of Mediation?
Mediation has many benefits as listed below.
- You maintain control over the discussion and the resolution. Both sides take part in resolving the dispute in a manner that will be mutually satisfying. You will not be forced to accept and comply with a decision from a judge. Court decisions often lead to unhappy endings for participants who then must move forward with legally binding agreements that they have not really agreed to.
- Mediation takes place in a private and confidential setting. Court hearings are a public forum and a matter of public record. In mediation, no one is privy to the proceedings unless you want them to be.
- Mediation takes place on a voluntary basis. Both you and the other party generally agree to the mediation, agree to try to cooperate, and to keep the sessions moving in a positive way.
- Mediation is not subject to court schedules and calendars. You and the other party will meet at a location and time of your own convenience. You will be able to talk to your mediator both privately and with the other party.
- Mediation is less expensive, due to the fact that it avoids protracted and costly litigation in court.
- Mediation is less time-consuming. You and the other party do not have to spend time attending court hearings that may take place over weeks, months, or even years. You can work out your differences on a faster timetable.
- You and the other party are mutually supported by the mediator whose sole aim is to get you through the process in a constructive and conclusive way.
- Mediation helps to create a better post-agreement relationship with the other party. By agreeing to work together, to see the other party’s situation and point of view, to listen, and cooperate, you can build a better connection for future communication with your ex-spouse. This is especially important in situations where children are shared. Future situations that arise may be better dealt with where positive results have been reached before in mediation sessions.
You Can Rely on Our Mediation Lawyers
Ready to get started with mediation for your divorce or family law matter? At De Tommaso Law Group, we are ready to help. With decades of combined experience, our attorneys can help you find a quicker and more effective way to resolve your dispute.
Phone us at (908) 274-3028 to request a consultation through our online message form.