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Somerset County Divorce Mediation Attorneys

Alternative Dispute Resolution in Morris County, Middlesex County, Hunterdon County, Union County & All of New Jersey

If you would like to resolve your family legal dispute quickly, amicably, and without going to court, then mediation could be the solution that you are looking for.

 At DeTommaso Law Group, LLC, our NJ divorce mediation lawyers can effectively guide you through the process from start to finish.

Put 125 years of combined experience to work for you today – contact us online or by calling (908) 274-3028.

Understanding Mediation in NJ

Mediation is a mandated part of the divorce process. Divorce mediation in NJ allows both parties to resolve matters outside of the Superior Court. You are still able to engage in additional mediation sessions throughout the legal proceedings.

The first step in the divorce mediation process is meeting with a third-party mediator. A mediator stays neutral and helps the couple arrive at an agreement that satisfies both partners' needs. The mediator's role is not to make decisions for the couple, nor is it to force them to agree. He or she is there to help each party understand the other's situation and point of view. If both parties agree, the process is complete.

During mediation, the mediator cannot offer legal advice to either party. If you wish to obtain legal counsel during mediation, you must hire a mediation attorney to represent you.

Our Somerset County mediation lawyers can advise you on:

  • How the mediation process works
  • How mediation can benefit you
  • How the laws apply to your particular situation
  • Your rights and what you deserve in a divorce settlement
  • How your agreement will impact your future

Mediation can be a great way to quickly and effectively resolve many family law issues. Your representation during the mediation process is critical. If you are concerned about the way your current lawyers are handling your case, then turn your matter over to our experienced New Jersey divorce mediation lawyers today.

What About Arbitration?

If you're not sure mediation is right for you, you may want to use arbitration to resolve your divorce.

Arbitration is an effective alternative to court or traditional litigation that allows couples to have more control over how their divorce is handled. The process involves both parties mutually selecting an impartial third party to decide on their case's issues like a judge would do.

The benefits of divorce arbitration include:

  • Cases are handled in a more efficient, timely, and cost-effective manner
  • Proceedings can sometimes occur in a less formal setting which eases the emotional distress
  • Matters are resolved in a more confidential way
  • Couples select the arbitrator who will decide their case
  • Couples determine what issues will be addressed by the divorce arbitrator
  • Couples choose the day, time, and location of their hearing

While arbitration is a good option for many divorcing couples, it may not be appropriate for you. Before determining how to handle your divorce, make sure you consult with an experienced divorce arbitrator in New Jersey.

How Long Does Arbitration Take?

In general, preparation for divorce arbitration takes several months and the hearing itself takes anywhere from a few days to more than a week. That being said, no two cases are the same and it's not possible to say exactly how long any one divorce arbitration will take.

Are There Other Forms of ADR?

Mediation and arbitration are two of the most popular forms of ADR, but they're not your only options for resolving your divorce outside of the courtroom.

Collaborative law is another common method of helping clients dissolve a marriage amicably.

If you choose to use collaborative law for your divorce, you and your soon-to-be-ex will each hire an attorney. Similar to mediation, the parties and their attorneys gather over a series of meeting to negotiate terms for processes such as property division, alimony, and child custody and support. For individuals who want something a bit more legally protective than mediation that still enables them to collaborate with their spouse, collaborative law is a great alternative. 

Why Should I Use ADR for My Divorce?

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Client Testimonials

Real Clients. Real Results.

At DeTommaso Law Group, LLC, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.

  • “She was professional yet kind during a time that was difficult for me.”
    “Katrina always responded quickly and always had my best interest at hand. She was professional yet kind during a time that was difficult for me. I would highly recommend Katrina and the DeTommaso Law Group.”
    - Stephanie
  • “An Expert Who Is Professional, Personable and Responsive”
    “John Hays is an excellent lawyer and importantly also an excellent person. If you want a lawyer who can provide you with confidence and comfort during what can be trying times...look no further than John Hays.”
    - Matt
  • “I couldn't have picked a better partner for the process”
    “The DeTommaso Law Group recently helped to bring my divorce to a close, and I couldn't have picked a better partner for the process. For such a stressful and emotional event, I can't recommend DeTommaso Law Group enough as your partner in the process.”
    - Ryan
  • “Their honesty, patience, and communication style were something we both needed to ensure the best outcome given the circumstances.”
    Joseph Freda & Nicole Tigeleiro of DeTommaso Law Group, LLC were the absolute best to work with. They helped my husband and me to navigate through a cohabitation case and were a pleasure to work with from Day 1. Their honesty, patience, and communication style were something we both needed to ensure the best outcome given the circumstances. We highly recommend their services.
    - Louise
  • “Professional and Highly Recommended!”
    I started working with Joe Freda when I needed an attorney for custody and parenting time. Joe is so easy to talk to and has always explained everything clearly. He has always thought about what will be in my child's best interest. Joe continues to be easily accessible by phone or email when I need a question answered. I even followed Joe when he switched firms.! If anyone is looking for a knowledgeable family lawyer, then go with Joe.
    - Christine C.
  • “Throughout the process, this team chipped away and kept me informed, communicating clearly and regularly with me while listening to me with empathy and patience.”
    “To have had such pros in my court was truly a gift. Without my attorneys, I don’t think I could have won my case. I give them credit for getting a resolution and helping me move on so I can rebuild my life.”
    - Dean
  • “Greg Passler provides top representation regarding child’s best interest”
    After frustrating lack of results from another law firm, I was recommended to Mr. Passler and have since been able to sleep at night knowing he is intimately vested in our cause for our daughter. My case was not a divorce but about a parenting schedule, adversarial violations and safety and well-being issues for our special needs child. This law firm will stand up for your rights in a strategic and comprehensive manner. Mr. Passler is highly intelligent and experienced, and professional and courteous. You can be confident you will get impactful representation.
    - Vera
  • “Very knowledgeable, supportive, and accommodating throughout our time working together. Michael was always efficient and responsive.”
    “Very knowledgeable, supportive, and accommodating throughout our time working together. Michael was always efficient and responsive.”
    - Jessica

Why Choose DeTommaso Law Group, LLC?

What Makes Us Different
  • Over 125 Years of Combined Experience
    At DeTommaso Law Group, LLC, we believe that every client deserves unwavering support and a fearless advocate in their corner. We understand the emotional and legal challenges that families face during times of crisis, and we are committed to providing them with the strong, determined representation they deserve.
  • Strategic & Aggressive Legal Counsel
    Our team of experienced family law attorneys possesses extensive knowledge in the field. We stay up-to-date with the latest legal developments to ensure that we provide the most effective strategies and guidance to our clients. Our deep understanding of family law empowers us to navigate complex legal processes and provide insightful advice.
  • Results-Focused Approach to Every Case
    We recognize that no two family law cases are the same. We tailor our approach to each client's specific needs and goals. By understanding their unique circumstances, we can develop personalized strategies that protect their interests and safeguard their rights.
  • Fearless Advocacy & Representation
    We refuse to back down when it comes to fighting for our client's rights. We are not afraid to take on challenging cases or confront difficult opponents. Our unwavering commitment to our clients drives us to explore every legal avenue and utilize our expertise to secure the best possible outcomes.