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Benefits of Mediation

Hackensack Mediation Attorney

Fotolia_16315159_XSGuiding Bergen County and NJ clients through the benefits of Mediation

Mediation is becoming one of the more popular ways to end a marriage quickly and efficiently. When avoiding the pitfalls of a court battle, couples can save time, money, and a lot of emotional turmoil. No divorce is painless, but when a couple can set aside their emotions and work towards a common goal, they are often happier with the results. Mediation will address the same issues as a contested divorce, including:

Through a constructive and respectful negotiation with the help of a mediator, all of these issues and more can be resolved in a fraction of the time and for a fraction of the cost. When a couple concludes the mediation process, they are often more satisfied with the results than if they entered a courtroom to resolve the matter. There are many benefits of mediation and couples should strongly consider this as an alternative to litigation if the situation allows.

Mediation and control

Mediation allows couples to have control over their future. When divorcing spouses can come to an agreement outside of court, the results are more often easier to bear. When a court decides on matters, including property division, alimony, child support, and child custody, couples often find the judgment to be unfair and arbitrary. Mediation allows for couples to work through their issues, tailored to their specific situation.

Mediation and confidentiality

Mediation is confidential and private. Mediation allows for couples to avoid airing their dirty laundry in a public forum. The negotiation process is confidential. Statements and communications may not be used in other forums unless agreed upon in writing or mandated by the court. This allows for an open and honest conversation that should more easily lead to an amicable conclusion.

Mediation is faster than litigation

One of the most impressive benefits of mediation is how quickly the process can be concluded. The process can begin within days of the initial meeting and successful mediation can address and resolve relevant issues within months. Depending on the number of contested issues, couples will often wait longer to receive the Final Judgment of Divorce than it takes to negotiate the issues.

Mediation saves money

Mediation is much cheaper than litigation. As a contested court case continues, attorney fees and court costs rise. When divorces become more complicated and complex, discovery alone can cost the couple precious money that would be better spent elsewhere. Discovery is a process that takes a lot of time and resources to complete. Attorneys will bill each spouse for the time spent. If you believe that you can work through your issues in order to save time and money, you should consider the process of mediation.

Mediation is voluntary

When couples choose to engage in the process of mediation, they are more open to resolving the issues. They have decided to avoid a drawn out, emotionally charged court battle in exchange for a constructive negotiation process with a common goal. The process can be over in a few visits. When a couple has decided that the process is in their best interests, they are more likely to give in and engage each other respectfully and productively, making mediation a success.

Contact a Bergen County mediator

Debra F. Schneider, Esq. is proud to serve couples who are interested in the process of mediation. Ms. Schneider has years of experience guiding couples through a productive negotiation so they may save money, time, and move on towards a better life. If you are interested in the process, contact Debra F. Schneider, Esq. for a consultation.

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