Settle out of Court with Divorce Mediation
Divorce mediation is a cost-effective method for negotiating a divorce settlement without going to trial. Mediators act as neutral third parties who can keep the lines of communication open and assist you throughout your decision-making process. Hiring a mediator can help you and your spouse reach an amicable decision that works for both parties. Family law and divorce attorney Frank E. Tournour can act as a divorce mediator and help you and your spouse come to a fair decision that will stand the test of time. Contact our East Brunswick, NJ, office online or call us at (732) 418-9772 if you are considering a mediated divorce. We can also help with collaborative divorces and traditional divorce settlements.
Understanding Divorce Mediation
The mediation process is flexible and can be adapted to fit the needs of most couples. During a mediation session, Mr. Tournour will act as a completely neutral party. As a mediator, his job is not to advise either party. Instead, he can assist you and your spouse as you formulate ideas and make mutually beneficial decisions. Depending on your relationship, you can meet together with Mr. Tournour or individually. On average, it takes between four and 10 sessions to negotiate the entire settlement. During this time, Mr. Tournour can help you settle issues, including:
- Distribution of marital property
- Child support
- Parenting time and custody arrangements
Divorce mediation is completely voluntary and only works if all three parties involved - you, your spouse, and Mr. Tournour - continue to agree it is effective. Mediation sessions can occur as often as you and your spouse choose.
Once your negotiations are complete, either the mediator or an attorney will write an agreement. They may also create a separate parenting schedule or plan. These documents become part of your divorce judgement, which means they can be enforced by a court if the agreement is not followed.
Is Mediation Right For You?
For most divorcing spouses, divorce mediation can be a great option, especially if there are children involved. Mediation can help you avoid the financial and emotional costs of litigating a contested divorce in court. Typically, it is much less expensive than a court trial or a series of hearings. Additionally, mediation allows you to arrive at a decision based on what you believe is fair, rather than being held to impersonal legal precedents. You and your spouse are in control of the process and not subjected to the rulings of the court. It is also completely confidential.
Divorce mediation can offer an alternative to settling in court, saving you time and money and protecting your relationship with your spouse.
Before proceeding with mediation, it is important to consider your relationship with your spouse. While mediation can be very effective, there are several factors that can make other forms of divorce settlement better suited for your situation. If there is a history of any form of domestic abuse, it can be difficult for the victim to obtain a fair settlement. Additionally, alcohol or drug abuse can undermine the success of the negotiation. It is also important to take time choosing a divorce mediator who can complement your needs.
Find a Solution to Fit Your Needs
For many couples, the prospect of facing an extensive court trial with hearings and lawyers can seem overwhelming. Divorce mediation can offer an alternative to settling in court, saving you time and money and preserving amiable relations with your spouse. If you are interested in learning more about mediation or any other divorce services we offer, contact our practice online. You can also call us in East Brunswick at (732) 418-9772 or in Freehold at (732) 637-5044.
“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