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What is Mediation?

Hackensack Mediation Attorney

Fotolia_16315159_XSGuiding couples through the process of a Bergen County mediated divorce

When a couple wants to end a marriage in a quick and cost-efficient way, they may consider the process of a mediated divorce. If a couple can set aside their emotions and come together to address contested issues outside of court, mediation might be a good option for them. Mediation can address a variety of family law issues, including child support, child custody, alimony, property distribution, relocation, and more. As people realize that court battles cost a lot of money and time, mediation becomes a more popular way to handle family matters. If you need legal advice or an experienced mediator, contact Debra F. Schneider, Esq. Ms. Schneider is ready to assess your situation, guide you through the process, and draft an agreement that will satisfy the court. Don’t hesitate to contact Debra F. Schneider, Esq. to discuss more.

How does mediation work?

Mediation is a process in which a couple comes together and discuss all contested issues in order to end a marriage quickly and efficiently. Mediation is not only limited to divorces. Mediation can resolve issues related to post-divorce issues as well, including relocation. Couples are asked to set aside their emotions and focus the discussion on constructiveness and mutual respect. When a couple hires a mediator, they allow the attorney to facilitate a productive negotiation process. The mediator will start by explaining the process, the rights of each party in the process, and what they should expect from the process. Once the mediator is satisfied that the couple is ready, mediation can begin. The negotiations will focus on what needs to be addressed. If a couple agrees to certain issues, the process will take less time. The mediator does not represent either party. They will make sure that everyone’s concerns are addressed. If one party does not feel comfortable discussing a topic, they may take the time to discuss the issue in private with the mediator, if the other party agrees, that will later be brought up in a constructive manner. Mediation has no time limit or court-imposed deadline. The length of the process is up to the couple. Some couples are able to resolve their issues within a few visits. Other times, the process can take longer. Once the couple is satisfied, the mediator will draft a separation agreement, allow each party to review it or discuss it with their own counsel, and then file them with the family court. When the mediator files the proper paperwork, the judge will examine the agreement and pass down a Final Judgement of Divorce.

Contact a Bergen County Mediator

Debra F. Schneider, Esq. is honored to be a legal resource for the people of Hackensack, Bergen County, and all New Jersey regarding family law. If you are interested in the process of mediation, you should contact our firm to discuss your options. If you need a mediator to facilitate the process, draft and file relevant documents, don’t hesitate to contact our firm. If you need an attorney to review your mediated agreement before you sign it, contact Debra F. Schneider, Esq.

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