Bergen County NJ Divorce Mediation Attorneys
Divorce and Family Lawyers with Offices in Hackensack, New Jersey
Although your initial vision of divorce may entail protracted courtroom battles, mounting costs, and overwhelming stress for you and your family, litigation is by no means the only avenue to resolution. Litigation, meaning a trial in court before a judge, is certainly the traditional solution and if applicable to your situation, it may serve as the most viable route to pursue. However, in recent years, divorcing couples have turned to a variety of options that fall within the category of “alternative dispute resolution,” which may provide a more cost-effective, time-efficient, and ultimately less contentious path through divorce. The three most common forms of alternative dispute resolution include negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and collaborative divorce, each of which is marked by benefits and drawbacks that may or may not suit your unique needs and priorities. In order to make the best decision for you and those you love, it is essential to have a complete understanding of all of your available options. A knowledgeable attorney can walk you through these alternatives and assist you in determining which will best serve your interests.
Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark is a legal practice dedicated entirely to divorce and family law. The attorneys at our firm have served in wide variety of capacities within New Jersey’s Family Law Court System, which allows us to act as effective litigators, arbitrators, and mediators for our clients undergoing divorce. Our team of specialized family law and divorce attorneys includes several who have completed extensive training and education in order to become approved by the Superior Court of New Jersey as qualified mediators pursuant Court Rule 1:40-12. In addition, one of our partners, Laurie L. Newmark, has served as a panelist for the Morris County and Passaic County Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel Mediation Programs. She has also been appointed by the Court as a Parent Coordinator in high conflict divorce cases involving children. Although we have the knowledge and resources of a large firm, we are committed to maintaining a personalized, client-centered atmosphere that allows us to attend to each and every client with the utmost care and concern. Ultimately, when you enlist the services of our firm, you find a group of legal professionals who prioritize the future of you and your family. We come to know you, understand your goals, and zealously advocate to achieve them. To discuss your situation with one of our talented divorce lawyers today, simply contact our Bergen County offices at 201-285-5985 for a cost-free consultation.
Divorce Mediation in New Jersey
As mentioned previously, mediation represents an “alternative dispute resolution” process, which is simply an alternative method for resolving disputes outside of the courtroom. Unlike arbitration, mediation is not a legally-binding process, meaning that you are not required by law to abide by the recommendations of the mediator, but can utilize his or her services to reach amicable agreements about issues ranging from child custody and child support to alimony and division of assets. The ability to avoid lengthy court proceedings, as well as the time, costs, and often negative interactions associated with litigation, can make mediation an attractive option for many couples, particularly those who are concerned with maintaining a positive relationship for the sake of their children post-divorce.
When you choose to undergo the mediation process, you and your spouse select an objective, independent mediator who serves both parties, listening and addressing the concerns of both sides in order to develop creative solutions that minimize stress and provide long-term favorable arrangements that suit the needs of everyone involved. When meeting with a mediator, you and your spouse can decide whether or not to have your own lawyers present. The mediator will allow each party to voice his or her position with regard to a broad range of issues, ultimately providing a recommendation that is intended to benefit both parties. This recommendation is not concrete, nor legally binding, but may provide a reasonable, fair solution that allows you and your spouse to reach a consensus without a trial in court. The mediation process is informal, confidential, and often beneficial for couples who are seeking to establish a dynamic of cooperation through the divorce transition.
At Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, our highly experienced divorce attorneys can serve as mediators or independent counsel retained to provide support and guidance to you personally as you and your spouse pursue mediation through a third-party mediator.
Should You Pursue a New Jersey Divorce through Mediation?
Before making a decision with regard to mediation, there are a number of significant questions to ask yourself, keeping in mind that your specific circumstances, goals, and priorities will have a dramatic impact on the favorability of mediation as an divorce resolution alternative. Among the most important questions to address are:
- What is the current level of discord between you and your spouse? If the two of you are engaged on reasonable terms and open to cooperating throughout the divorce process, mediation can provide an ideal solution to reaching agreement.
- How important is time efficiency for your divorce? Courtroom litigation can be slow to begin and slow to proceed, with backlogs of cases on the court’s docket that delay your ability to even begin divorce proceedings. Mediation represents a significantly more expedient alternative.
- Is cost-effectiveness essential to you during this time? If you and your spouse are concerned with cost savings, mediation can provide an attractive solution, as you share the cost of a mediator and avoid paying each of your attorneys through the often lengthy court process.
- How flexible is your schedule for attending divorce proceedings? If your work or other commitments limit your flexibility, mediation will allow you to schedule these events at your convenience, instead of complying with court-ordered dates for appearance.
- Is confidentiality a significant consideration for you? If there are components of your divorce that you need to keep private for the sake of your reputation, career, or to protect your children, mediation represents an entirely private setting through which to resolve divorce-related issues. If your case is tried in court, evidence presented becomes part of the public record.
- Are there sensitive issues that you believe may be more effectively resolved through an objective third party? If so, a mediator can listen attentively to each of your concerns and craft a tailored solution that is agreeable to both parties. For instance, with issues such as child custody, where resentment may threaten to cause future problems, a mediator can serve as an invaluable asset, fostering cooperation and collaboration in parenting arrangements.
Contact our Bergen County NJ Divorce Mediators to Discuss Your Case
At Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, our goal is to provide the most positive experience for you and your family, not to prolong an already stressful process in order to increase our fees. We understand that you have enough to attend to in preparing for a new chapter in your life, and it is our priority to facilitate you in your journey. By serving as mediators or your legal counsel through the mediation process, we hope to encourage favorable outcomes that allow you and your family to move forward on the most amenable terms. For additional information, contact our offices in Hackensack, Bergen County at 201-285-5985. We will be happy to provide you with a comprehensive overview of all of your legal options so you can make the most informed decisions for your future.