Family and Divorce Mediation
Mediation is most commonly used when a couple has decided to divorce and wants to control the process. In every divorce, the parties must:
- Restructure the family unit-- Parties must reach agreements on issues such as living arrangements for the children, child care, parenting, parent access, and education
- Address financial issues-- Both spouses must plan their financial futures and decide how their children will be supported, whether either spouse needs support (alimony), how property such as homes, bank accounts, pensions, retirement accounts, and investments will be divided.
- Follow state law and court procedures--The State of New Jersey has enacted laws and the Courts have rendered decisions and issued procedures that set out the rights of the various parties involved in a divorce.
The mediator, through training and specialized knowledge, facilitates the parties in addressing all of these matters. Where appropriate, the mediator may recommend that the parties also use the services of experts in addressing specific issues.
Mediation may also be used in family matters such as pre-nuptial agreements, grandparent issues, domestic partnerships, and post-divorce disputes.