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The New Jersey Divorce Mediation Process

Professional New Jersey Divorce Mediators

Just like how each divorce is unique, the divorce mediation doesn’t always follow the same steps. However, there is a general process that most mediation sessions follow. Most mediators will speak with you in a phone call to gather as much background information about you, your spouse, your family, the issues present and any other information the mediator finds imperative. The mediator must make sure that you are a good candidate for mediation. Then a face-to-face meeting will occur where the mediator you have hired will explain what is to happen next. Usually at this time, confidentiality agreements are signed and the mediator takes time to get to know you and your spouse. Once this has all been established, each side will be able to make a small statement about the situation you both are dealing with. The mediator may ask questions to both of you and also repeat what was said to make sure everyone is on the same page. The mediator will then probably start working on walking the two of you towards an agreement. If any additional information is needed, like bank statements, assessments of the value of the house, or whatever the case may be, you will be asked to bring it during the next mediation session. The next few sessions will then be the mediator trying to help the two of you reach approved settlements. Once all the issues have been settled, usually with both sides giving and taking a little, an agreement will be written which will be included with your divorce paperwork.

If you are considering divorce mediation, have an experienced mediator is essential. At the Law Offices of Jef Henninger, Esq., we have not only experienced divorce attorneys, but top-notch Red Bank divorce mediators with experience with clients throughout New Jersey. Schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced divorce mediators any time, even on nights and weekends, by calling 732-383-6242.

The Difference between NJ Divorce Court and Divorce Mediation

Experienced New Jersey Divorce Lawyers

Like with various other aspects of law, there are many different factors and paths to consider when you are facing a divorce. For instance, if you and your spouse are determined to work on a solution together and can reach those agreements with not too much issue, then divorce mediation makes much more sense. However, if you or your spouse are argumentative, looking to seek revenge, not speaking to one another or are dishonest, going to divorce court and going through the traditional divorce process is better for you. Everyone is different and each divorce is different with their own unique and distinctive traits and details that must be considered. This is why having an experienced, smart New Jersey divorce attorney is a worthwhile investment towards your future. The Law Offices of Jef Henninger, Esq., has multiple offices throughout the state of New Jersey, with a team of tough attorneys with decades of extensive experience in divorce and family law. To see what we can do for you, reach out with our 24/7 hotline at 732-383-6242 and receive a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your divorce with a Monmouth County divorce mediation attorney.

Knowing when Divorce Mediation is a Good Idea

New Jersey Divorce Mediation Lawyers

Unlike a formal divorce where things are usually taken into the courtroom, divorce mediation may be a better option if both parties are willing to work with one another. If the divorce can be handled through mediation, it will save a lot of headaches as well as financial costs to finalize the divorce and for both people to move on with their lives. But how do you know if that is a good move in your divorce? There are a few key things to analyze to make sure divorce mediation is in your best interest.

First, you need to look at the status of your relationship and be honest with yourself. You and your spouse should have come to terms to a permanent separation and have no desire to reconcile. While this doesn’t mean you must remove all possibility of reconciliation, you both still need to have reached an emotional point where you both are willing to move on with your lives separately. Another contributing factor is if the divorce is a mutual decision or one-sided. If both parties have come to a conclusion that the marriage is not working out and should be ended, mediation will move a lot smoother. However, if the divorce is one-sided and the other party is blind-sided by this decision, the chances of an easy mediation are limited.

Neither party should be blaming each other for the decision of divorce and both parties should wish to stay on good terms with one another. Even though neither of these things are a necessity to move forward into mediation, they both can contribute to how successful or unsuccessful the result of the mediation will be. If you have a great deal of animosity towards your spouse, this will hinder the process of mediation. Talking to the divorce mediation attorney that you hire about your emotional standpoints and concerns will help the attorney generate a plan of action. A seasoned New Jersey divorce mediation attorney could even conduct the mediation in separate meetings to help ease the emotional stress.

As you can see, communication, knowledge and honesty are all a part of a painless divorce mediation. Both parties should not lie about finances, property or facts regarding your relationship. Both parties should also be aware of the financial situation you are both in so no surprises arise during the mediation. There should be no issues of drug or alcohol abuse, domestic violence or threats and intimidation between you two. And if children are involved, if both parties feel the other is a good parent, then that makes the divorce mediation move quicker and easily.

Deciding on going forward with divorce mediation or not may not be so clear-cut for some. It is in your best interest to discuss the details of your relationship with a professional divorce mediation attorney. At the Law Offices of Jef Henninger, Esq., our team of experienced New Jersey divorce meditation attorneys are available for a free initial consultation anytime, even on nights and weekends, and will let you know what are the best steps for your divorce. Contact our law firm at 732-383-6242 to schedule your free initial consultation with an Ocean County divorce mediator today!