lawyer-meeting-sit-down (1)What is Mediation

Guiding couples through the process of divorce mediation

When a couple wants to dissolve their relationship in a quick and cost-effective manner, they may choose the process of mediation. Mediation is a great way for a couple to set aside their emotions in favor of a constructive and respectful negotiation to address all the issues of a divorce, including child support, child custody, alimony, and division of marital assets. Mediation is becoming more and more popular as people see the positives that differentiate mediation from litigation. If you are in need of a mediator or legal advice before starting the mediation process, contact The Salvo Law Firm, P.C. Our compassionate attorneys are ready to assess your situation and guide you through what to expect and your rights during the process. If you need a mediator, The Salvo Law Firm, P.C. is ready to serve.  

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a process in which a couple can agree on terms in order to end a marriage quickly and efficiently. When a couple decides to use mediation, they have decided to set aside their emotions in order to end their marriage. Mediation is based on mutual respect. A mediator is hired to facilitate a constructive negotiation process. The mediator will explain the process to the couple and help them understand what to expect. Once the mediator is satisfied that the couple is ready to start, they will focus the discussion on what needs to be addressed. Not all divorce mediation addresses every topic. If a couple already agrees to some issues, the mediation process will take less time. As the mediator does not represent either party, they make sure that everyone’s concerns are addressed. If you don’t feel comfortable bringing up a topic, you have the right to talk to the mediator privately for them to bring up later on. There is no time limit or mandated court-imposed deadline. The process is at the discretion of the couple. Some couples are able to resolve their issues within a few visits. Others need more time. When the applicable issues are addressed, the mediator can help the couple draft a settlement agreement for the court to review. A mediator can help draft documents and file them with the family court as well. When the process is over, a court will review the agreement, decide on the matter, and pass down a Final Judgement of Divorce.

Contact an Essex County mediation practice

The Salvo Law Firm, P.C. serves Essex County and the greater New Jersey area with an established mediation practice that helps couples through divorce. If you are inquiring about mediation, contact our firm to discuss your options. Our attorneys can assess your situation and help you decide the best course of action. If you are interested in the mediation process, our firm can offer you legal advice or act as the mediator, facilitating a constructive negotiation process, drafting documents, and filing them with your local court. If you need our legal services related to mediation and divorce, contact The Salvo Law Firm, P.C.