One of the biggest fears many people have when considering getting divorced is that they will have to go through a long, exhausting court battle. However, this doesn’t necessarily need to be the case. Alternative dispute resolution is one of the ways that a couple can avoid getting divorced in a hostile courtroom.
Mediation is one form of alternative dispute resolution that is becoming a popular means of divorce. Mediation generally takes place in a conference room with both spouses, one mediator, and the respective attorneys of each spouse. This type of divorce requires a lot of cooperation and communication between both sides and therefore, it may not work for everybody. However, there are many upsides to getting a divorce through mediation. In addition to being able to stay out of a courtroom, a mediated divorce usually takes less time and is less expensive than a traditional divorce. Of course, the less time it takes the couple to make decisions, the less time it will take to finalize the divorce.
A mediated divorce also allows the couple to make decisions regarding their future that they would not have the freedom to in a litigated divorce. The couple is allowed to make decisions not only regarding the divisions of their assets but also decisions regarding child custody arrangements and visitation schedules. In some instances, they may need to also determine a spousal support agreement depending on the situation.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding whether mediation is right for you and your spouse, contact an experienced divorce and family law attorney who can provide you with assistance.
The law firm of Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., is composed of experienced attorneys throughout the states of New Jersey and Delaware. Please contact the office for a free initial consultation and get any questions answered regarding your specific case.