Richard C. Klein provides the full range of family law legal services, including mediation. Also called Alternative Dispute Resolution, mediation involves a collaborative effort on the part of both spouses or same-sex partners, facilitated through a mediator, to amicably resolve all issues pertaining to their divorce or dissolution, such as asset allocation, child support, custody, and parenting time. Our New Jersey mediation lawyers assist our clients throughout the process and increase the likelihood that all disputes will be resolved fairly and equitably between the parties.
The Divorce Mediation Process
The goal for a successful mediation is to identify, consider, and resolve the practical and legal issues that arise from a divorce or dissolution of a civil union. The parties must evaluate all the circumstances that a court might consider in resolving the marital issues and then develop their own resolutions and agreements, tailored to their own family’s particular needs and desires. The process requires that both spouses or same-sex partners actively and equally participate in reaching an agreement on the issues. Mediation is effective when both parties make a serious effort to keep the face-to-face conversations positive and productive.
However, mediation is not for everyone. It is usually only effective when both parties can focus on the issues rather than their emotions; when both parties are on speaking terms, and if both are willing to take responsibility for creating and honoring their separation agreement. Ideally there should also not be a significant power or financial imbalance in the marriage. In mediation, in order to avoid one partner taking advantage of the other, complete disclosure of financial information is encouraged, and necessary. Therefore, various independent professionals may be employed to help gain the information necessary to make fair and equitable decisions and to ensure the appropriate allocation of the marital assets.
The Benefits of Divorce Mediation
For some couples the benefits of divorce mediation may be significant:
- Both spouses have greater control of the process and solution to relevant issues.
- In most cases, it is far less expensive than traditional divorce procedures.
- In the vast majority of cases, divorce through mediation is faster.
- It reduces the level of conflict, stress and anxiety.
- Mediation tends to be easier on any children that may be involved.
The Role of New Jersey Divorce Mediation Lawyers
It is important to remember that mediation is not a substitute for the services of a qualified New Jersey divorce attorney. Although many professional mediators are lawyers, the mediator in your case cannot give you or your spouse legal advice. You should seek independent legal advice and consult with your own attorney throughout the mediation process, not simply at the end. It is very important that you have counsel with whom you can ask questions, since it’s not the mediator’s job to explain the law to you. Your New Jersey divorce or dissolution lawyers should review any written agreements before you sign them to ensure that they fairly meet your needs and expectations.
Our Cherry Hill Divorce Lawyer Provides Knowledgeable, Compassionate Mediation Services
Representing clients throughout New Jersey, including Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Medford, Moorestown, Mt. Laurel, and Voorhees. Richard C. Klein has extensive experience in New Jersey alternative resolution procedures, providing legal assistance to many spouses and same-sex partners during their mediation process. Mr. Klein is recognized as a well-respected South Jersey mediation authority. With the Law Offices of Richard C. Klein, LLC being conveniently located in Marlton, New Jersey, our South Jersey divorce and dissolution lawyers are available to provide experienced mediation assistance no matter where you reside in the State, including Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Ocean County, Salem County and Somerset County. Before you enter into mediation with your estranged spouse or same-sex partner, contact our offices online or call 856-988-5470 to discuss how Mr. Klein can assist you in the mediation process.