The divorce mediation process allows the disputing parties to resolve divorce and family disputes amicably with the assistance of a neutral third-party divorce mediator. The family law mediator, who often is an experienced attorney, acts as an impartial and unbiased facilitator and helps the disputing parties reach an agreement. New Jersey divorce mediation has proven to be effective and is becoming one of the most popular methods of negotiating divorce and family settlements.
Each mediator has their own approach. The mediator may or may not meet with the parties separately. Mediators vary in how much guidance they are provide or the extent to which they endeavor to persuade parties to see things differently. In every instance, however, a reputable divorce mediator is neutral and impartial and leaves behind any implicit biases they may have. The goal of New Jersey divorce mediation is always to allow the parties to reach their own agreement.
Regardless of the divorce mediator’s style, the mediator will guide the parties through the issues that need to be resolved. The mediator listens to both sides and assists the parties in considering each other’s viewpoints. One of the most important aspects of the divorce mediator’s role is to ensure that personal conflicts do not derail the process. Divorce and family mediators are specially trained to help quell conflict so that parties who might have trouble communicating constructively can have productive discussions. Divorce mediation helps in reducing animosity between the parties, which is particularly important when children are involved, or the parties have an ongoing family relationship.
A New Jersey family law mediator will work with other professionals to ensure that the parties have the information that they need to evaluate to reach an agreement. These parties may include appraisers, mental health professionals, parenting coordinators, financial advisors, and others. Importantly, the parties are well advised to have attorneys to provide advice on the settlement. The divorce mediator represents neither party (not both parties as some people mistakenly think). A review attorney can advise their client on whether the proposed resolution is acceptable and what the result may have been in divorce litigation.