What is mediation?
Unlike litigation, mediation allows for creative solutions. It is built on the premise that good communication is the best way to resolve conflicts. We create an environment that allows parties to discuss all the issues and reach terms that satisfy and benefit everyone, even in high conflict situations.
How does the mediation process work?
Once the process begins, the parties meet with the mediator for a series of sessions, each generally lasting between 90 minutes and two hours – although that is flexible, based on the client’s needs. The number of sessions varies with each case.
At the first mediation session, the parties identify the issues they want to settle, along with their goals on each matter. The mediator gets the parties talking and offers creative solutions when needed. There’s no chance important details will be overlooked: We make sure the sides exchange documentation and other information critical to making decisions.
Mediation often reveals that the parties have the same goals and just need to formalize the details in an agreement.
The parties can bring the finalized agreement to an attorney, who can convert it into a legal contract. You won’t have to shop around: We can refer you to attorneys who are experienced in handling mediated agreements.
Can everyone mediate?
What is the role of the mediator?
What is the role of the law in mediation?
When the parties agree to terms, an attorney can review the agreement to ensure it will be the basis of an enforceable contract. Mediation allows you the freedom to craft a completely customized agreement within the boundaries of the law.
How much will mediation cost?
Where are the sessions held?
Our main office in Haddonfield is located at: 89 N Haddon Avenue, Haddonfield, NJ 08033
Our Princeton office is located at: 103 Carnegie Center, Princeton, NJ, 08540
What is divorce mediation?
Mediation will help the parties settle on parenting plans, spousal support, child support, division of assets and more. The process will also address the future needs of the children, such as education and cars.
Mediation is not really about the divorce: It is about creating a stable, secure future for both spouses and any children involved. Together, we take a realistic look at the family finances, including monthly and annual budgets, debt and marital assets. The goals are to fairly divide assets, position each spouse to meet financial obligations, and avoid financial squabbles down the road.
Spouses with children enter mediation with specific concerns. You will work out a parenting arrangement that addresses how children are raised, when they spend time with each of you, and how they will be supported financially. With all that out of the way, you can focus on being Mom and Dad.
Is divorce mediation right for us?
Remember: A courtroom setting is both austere and intimidating — not a great environment for crafting a creative agreement. Through mediation, both sides can discuss their goals creatively, without the ominous glare of courtroom lights. Courts also operate on their own schedule, not yours. Mediation sessions are arranged at your convenience, not the court’s.
Both sides must be able to talk freely to offer their points of view and understand all the information that is circulating. The mediator serves as a conductor so both sides know exactly what they are negotiating.
What about high-conflict situations?
Do we need to hire divorce attorneys?
Do we need to decide everything before we start divorce mediation?
For example, your circumstances may require a more customized parenting plan than those that are suggested by the court. You may also need a creative solution to resolve certain financial issues, such as real estate ownership and family-owned businesses. By leaving some of these issues to decide during mediation, you may open up a world of possibilities that you did not even know existed.
How long is the divorce mediation process?
What if I don’t know everything about our finances?
What if we have more complicated issues to settle with our divorce?
What types of financial issues can you help us mediate?
- Ownership and value calculations for family-owned and closely held businesses
- Real estate holdings including business, residential, vacation or otherwise
- Complex business arrangements such as stock options, deferred compensation, and partnerships
- Retirement assets including pensions, 401Ks, IRAs, and other retirement plans
- Complicated investments such as stocks, bonds, trusts, and international investments
- Unique assets such as jewelry, art collections, and classic automobiles
- Tax planning to minimize divorce tax consequences
- Specialized guidance for franchise business owners and investors
How much can we save by choosing divorce mediation?
Are there any other advantages to mediation besides the cost and time savings?
Business and Workplace Mediation
What types of business and workplace issues can be mediated?
Why should I take my dispute to mediation rather than pursuing the matter in court?
What if I can’t stand to be in the same room with my partner, boss, or co-worker?
Is my company legally required to have an operating agreement?
Do I need an attorney for an operating agreement?
What types of organizations do you do business and workplace mediation for?
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89 N Haddon Avenue
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
103 Carnegie Center
Princeton, NJ 08540