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Helping You Peacefully Dissolve Your Marriage

If you made the decision to get a divorce, you might feel some trepidation regarding the prospect of going through a nasty courtroom drama. However, you do not have to go through litigation to put an end to your marriage. With alternative methods, such as mediation, spouses can peacefully and effectively dissolve their marriage and move forward with their lives. At Sherwood, Johnson & Poles in Bergen County, our mediation team can assist you throughout this process and ensure you achieve a resolution as smoothly as possible.

Contact our Bergen County law office today at (888) 224-1218 to schedule an initial consultation with a compassionate member of our legal team and find out if mediation is right for you.

How to Prepare for Mediation

Mediation is a valuable tool that is growing in popularity due to its success. More couples are realizing that they can skip the courtroom and resolve their differences amicably. This helps to save both time and money.

To better help prepare you for your upcoming session, here are few suggestions:

  • Prepare a list of questions or concerns for the mediator, opposing party, and/or attorney.
  • Practice due diligence and inform yourself on state/county laws that are applicable to your presented arguments.
  • Expect the unexpected and be prepared to hear issues from the opposing party that you were not ready for. Try and view these as opportunities and not roadblocks.
  • Consult with your attorney before your session to discuss issues that are worth pursuing.
  • Create a proposal in advance so that your list of goals is put in a spotlight.

We can help you better prepare for divorce mediation. Call our office today to discuss your case!

Do You Need an Attorney for Divorce Mediation?

Both parties may retain the services of a lawyer, but the mediator is a neutral third party that cannot give legal advice. You can advise your attorney before or after your session, or even have them attend with you. This helps clear up any confusion about state laws.

In addition, each party member can bring people that are important in helping reach a settlement. They may or may not be directly involved with the conflict or issue but have input that is applicable and valuable.

The Benefits of Divorce Mediation

When spouses go through divorce litigation, the outcome of their case is essentially in the hands of a judge and you may or may not end up satisfied with the results. Through mediation, you and your spouse will have greater control over the outcome of your divorce settlement.

Here are some additional benefits clients receive when they opt for divorce mediation:

  • Divorce litigation is a time-consuming process, especially since you are at the mercy of the court’s schedule, which can cause a case to drag on much longer than it should. Divorce mediation allows couples to create their own schedule, which also makes it a more convenient option.
  • Since mediation requires less time, it incurs fewer legal fees, which makes it a much more cost-effective approach to ending a marriage.
  • If you and your spouse have children, divorce mediation will also help set the foundation for you as co-parents since it requires compromise and cooperation. Unlike divorce litigation, which has a more inherently hostile tone, couples who choose mediation can reduce conflict and that can go a long way for you and your children.
  • If privacy is a concern for you, divorce mediation allows spouses to keep the details of their divorce confidential. Everything will remain between you, your spouse, and your mediator.

If you have concerns about having to endure a difficult litigation process, consider mediation. Through this approach, you may be able to spare yourself and your children an unnecessarily lengthy and difficult battle in court.

Protect Your Children During Divorce

Divorce can be a challenging time for families, especially when children are involved. At Sherwood, Johnson & Poles, we understand the importance of prioritizing the well-being of your children throughout the divorce process. Our experienced mediation lawyers in Wyckoff, NJ can help you navigate the complexities of child custody, visitation rights, and child support.

Here are some ways we can help you protect your children during divorce:

  • Developing a comprehensive parenting plan that promotes stability and consistency for your children
  • Facilitating open and effective communication between you and your co-parent
  • Ensuring that your children's best interests are always the top priority
  • Providing resources and guidance to help you and your children adjust to the changes
  • Advocating for fair and equitable child support arrangements

Our compassionate team is dedicated to helping you create a positive and supportive environment for your children during this difficult time. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss the specific needs of your family.

Discuss the Details of Your Divorce with a Member of Our Mediation Team Today!

If you are choosing to end your marriage, but wish to stay out of court and minimize the emotional blow often associated with a tough and grueling litigation process, divorce mediation may be right for you. At Sherwood, Johnson & Poles in Bergen County, we can provide the advice and guidance you need to determine if this option is appropriate for your circumstances. Generally, most couples can benefit from the mediation process, unless there are special circumstances, such as domestic abuse or hidden assets. Our team will review the details of your situation, advise you on the best course of action, and help you pursue the results you deserve.

Take the first step toward peacefully dissolving your marriage by reaching out to our Bergen County office today at (888) 224-1218 to set up an initial case review with a member of our legal team.

Commonly Asked Questions

What is mediation?

Mediation is a method of dispute resolution where a neutral third party, known as a mediator, helps the parties involved in a conflict to reach a mutually acceptable agreement. It is a voluntary and confidential process that allows the parties to have control over the outcome of their dispute.

How does mediation work?

In mediation, the mediator facilitates communication between the parties and helps them identify their interests and concerns. The mediator does not make decisions or impose solutions but assists the parties in reaching their own agreement. The process typically involves joint sessions where the parties meet together with the mediator, as well as private sessions where the mediator meets with each party individually.

How long does mediation typically take?

The duration of mediation can vary depending on the complexity of the issues involved, the willingness of the parties to cooperate, and the availability of the parties and the mediator. Some mediations can be resolved in a few hours or days, while others may take several sessions over a period of weeks or months. The mediator can provide a better estimate of the expected duration based on the specific circumstances of the case.

Why Hire Our Firm?

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