The Benefits of Mediation with an Accredited Mediator
Mediation with an experienced attorney can help make legal proceedings less stressful, and less emotionally charged for all involved. Especially in difficult times such as the dissolution of a long-term relationship, mediation can help disagreeing parties to have productive meetings, and reach decisions regarding child support, custody agreements, and alimony, without the expense and hostility that accompanies litigation.
Mediation is also very helpful in reaching business and civil agreements. This alternative dispute resolution procedure allows an impartial third party to act as mediator to keep all parties focused on solutions and able to communicate clearly. As an experienced, court-approved mediation attorney, Frank E. Tournour and H. Tiffany Weiner can further explain the benefits of mediation at his East Brunswick, NJ, practice. Contact our office today for a consultation.
What Is Mediation?
Mediation is an alternative dispute procedure in which an impartial third party acts as a mediator between disagreeing parties to successfully resolve issues and reach legal agreements. The mediator is often a retired judge or other private attorney. Mediators help the parties cover the same issues that would be covered in litigation, but often with less hostility. Mediation can help in a variety of circumstances, including business and civil agreements, the beginning of a marriage with prenuptial agreements, or the dissolution of a marriage or long-term relationship.
In situations of divorce or annulment, mediation helps parting couples discuss how to distribute the financial assets and debts such as the house, jewelry, cars, and credit card bills. If the couple has children, the mediator will also discuss child support, parenting schedules, visitations, and parenting plans. Other issues often discussed can include grandparent's rights, alimony, and palimony.
How Mediation Benefits You
Mediation is able to offer significant advantages over other legal proceedings.
Private and Productive
Only the involved parties and the mediator will know what is discussed during the mediation sessions. The mediator does not take sides. Instead, acting as a neutral party, the mediator tries to get all other parties to work together to resolve their issues. The parties can usually come to a resolution that is more beneficial to each than if they went through litigation. Additionally, mediation allows disagreeing parties to maintain more power over final decisions. With divorce litigation, the judge has the ultimate control over how the assets and debts are split, who pays child support, and who gets custody of the children. A mediator can help all parties to reach their own decision and divide assets and responsibilities in a mutually pleasing situation, especially in cases of post-divorce modifications.
Mediation is able to remove much of the combative attitude associated with court proceedings, allowing parties to focus on solutions, and not become mired in fighting.
Hiring attorneys and seeking a court verdict can be extremely expensive. A mediator often proves much more cost-effective, especially because of the length of time required for litigation. With mediation, many divorces and other cases can be mediated in two to three months. However, a typical litigated case can take well over a year. Mediation is also able to remove much of the combative attitude associated with court proceedings, allowing parties to focus on solutions, and not become mired in fighting.
Better for Future Relationships
When parents decide to mediate rather than litigate, children see that their parents can work together. In these situations, there also tends to be much less antagonism between the parents, resulting in less stress for the children. In addition, parties who mediate rather than litigate are often able to get along better once the divorce or legal agreement is final, avoiding the bitterness and anger that often accompanies litigation.
Let an Experienced Mediator Help You
Attorney Frank E. Tournour and our attorneys at Tournour & Weiner have successfully mediated hundreds of cases. His experience and compassion can help you reach a satisfactory legal agreement without the pain of enduring a long, drawn-out litigation process. Schedule an appointment today to let Mr. Tournour begin helping you reach a satisfactory legal arrangement.
“I had an excellent experience with Mr. Tournour - He was available for my calls and handled everything to perfection. Had my back in every aspect. I would highly recommend him.” Renee - Client