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Signs that mediation may be your best option for a NJ divorce

If you're considering a divorce in New Jersey, you likely have a lot of issues to consider. You may worry about the expense of a divorce and its potential impact on your children. Some people find the prospect of divorce so terrifying that they indefinitely delay the process, staying in an unhappy marriage for months or even years.

Delaying a divorce often isn't your best option. In fact, it can cause a host of issues, especially if both you and your spouse no longer want to remain married. Mediation is one alternative that can allow you to file a quick, affordable and uncontested divorce in New Jersey.

Mediation helps you find resolutions to difficult issues

You probably wouldn't want a divorce if you and your spouse agreed on everything, so there's no surprise that you can't agree on the terms for your divorce. Arguing with your spouse about how to split your possessions or allocate parenting time is counterproductive.

Mediation can work even if you're so upset with one another that you can't be in the same room. The mediator can help you find workable compromises for your situation.

You and your spouse can each work with your own attorneys in separate rooms, while a mediator helps you work toward a compromise. You will both have to find areas where you can cede something you want in order to find a solution that works for everyone. While it may not be easy, it is faster and more affordable than going through a traditional court-based divorce.

Mediation protects your privacy in a divorce

Have you already moved on, and you don't want your new relationship to become a focus of your divorce? Are you worried about how the kids may feel about what you and your ex say about one another in court? Do you think someone could use the breakdown of your marriage and the information from your divorce to negatively impact your personal or professional life?

Mediation is a great option for high-profile families, as well as those who simply value their privacy. Anything you say in divorce court becomes part of the public record. On the other hand, mediation is a private affair that offers confidentiality during your divorce. Anything you share in mediation will not become public record, like testimony in a divorce hearing does.

Mediation also allows you to focus on issues where there is some common ground, while reserving more intractable matters for litigation.

If you know that your marriage is over, mediation can help you and your spouse set terms that work for everyone in your family. It can also save you time, money and frustration.

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