The Benefits Of Mediation In Family Cases
One of the key benefits to a mediated family law matter is that you are the one in control of the outcome. Mediation promotes cooperation and agreement, and you get to make the decisions about when to be flexible and when to stand your ground. When you go in front of a judge, you lose that control. Other important potential benefits of mediation include:
- Minimize disruption to family life and trauma to involved children
- Continued communication with your divorcing partner after a dissolution or a divorce
- More informal process than a traditional divorce or civil union dissolution
- Potentially less timely and more cost-effective than a typical divorce or dissolution
Before you make any decision about mediating your family law matter, it is important to speak with an attorney who can help you understand all material factors that may affect your decision.
Is mediation the right choice for you? Call our Monmouth County law firm today at 732-201-3888.
Know Your Rights And Responsibilities
The risk in any mediation is that you may agree to a compromise without understanding the full impact it may have on your life, your financial situation, your children and your future. This is especially the case if you choose to do it yourself without the guidance of a skilled divorce lawyer. Knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated family law attorneys can assess your situation for you and provide a reasonable sense of whether mediation may be a viable option for you.
Our Experience Has Credibility That Works For Your Negotiation
Mediation is not binding, but it does promote people coming to their own agreement. Our goal as your mediator is to achieve your key objectives through cooperative negotiation supported by the opposition’s certainty that we will go to trial on your behalf if necessary. And New Jersey family law attorneys know that we will follow through with trial if that is in our clients’ best interests; we have prevailed in many family law courts throughout New Jersey and have obtained a ruling from the New Jersey Supreme Court that pioneered issues of parental rights for gay and lesbian families.
Robin T. Wernik is a New Jersey municipal court judge. Her services as a mediator are often called upon by other family law attorneys whose clients seek to mediate divorce or dissolution agreements. She also regularly handles early settlement panel mediations. David Salvatore is court-approved to conduct mediation in all family law matters.