What Are Some Alternatives to Court-Based Divorce?

Understanding the Mediation Process

There are few legal matters more personal than divorce, which is why if you are currently entering the divorce process, you most likely have various concerns as to how the process will go, what will happen, and how your divorce will be resolved. For many, the thought of court-based divorce, also known as litigation, is quite a frightening prospect, as no one wants to appear in front of a judge and have him or her determine their future. Fortunately, for many spouses, there are various alternatives to court-based divorce. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable New Jersey divorce attorneys to learn more about what those alternatives are. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What is divorce mediation?

If you and your spouse are on speaking terms and are willing to work with one another, there is a very good chance that you may be considering divorce mediation as a viable option. There are a wide variety of reasons why mediation may be the best option for you. Essentially, divorce mediation is when both you and your spouse appoint an unbiased third party who can work to facilitate civil conversation between you and your spouse (outside of a courtroom setting) in an effort to help you reach a compromise. The end goal is for both you and your spouse to feel as though your voices have been heard and to attain a compromise that best works for you both.

What is a collaborative divorce?

A collaborative divorce is not dissimilar from mediation, in that it is another way to resolve your divorce outside of a courtroom setting. That being said, collaborative divorce is different from mediation in that there will be more individuals involved in the process than you, your spouse, and a mediator. Collaborative divorces often involve the use of third-party specialists, such as financial experts, forensic accountants, psychologists, and more. The idea is that having these additional experts involved will provide insight into your divorce-related matters in an effort to help you reach a compromise that works for you both. Additionally, in a collaborative divorce, both you and your spouse will have to sign a document that essentially confirms that you are both committing to working out a compromise, ensuring that you both give it your best effort. If you have any additional questions or you are ready to get started, give us a call today.

Contact our experienced Bergen County firm

At Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients to understand and protect their legal rights before, during, and after the divorce process in towns across New Jersey and Bergen County, including Hackensack, Ridgewood, Paramus, Teaneck, and Fort Lee. To speak with our team of divorce lawyers today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your concerns about your divorce, please contact us online, or through our Hackensack, NJ office at (201) 397-1750.

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