NJ Divorce Mediation and Family Law Mediation

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Dealing with divorce and family disputes can be emotionally challenging and stressful. Being adverse to a family member or soon-to-be ex-spouse in a courtroom may not be a comfortable situation. Further, divorce and family litigation is complex, lengthy and expensive. It is often not confidential. Every family and divorce dispute is novel in its own way. The best resolutions in family matters are carefully tailored to fit the parties’ circumstances. Courts are notoriously unable to consistently reach these types of resolutions. Mediation offers a cost and time-efficient alternative to divorce and family dispute lawsuits that can yield a truly workable resolution. Because the parties are not constrained by the binary nature of litigation, a true “win/win” solution can often be achieved. Very importantly, the divorce mediation process itself, in which divorce mediator facilitates in allowing the parties to reach an agreement, creates a paradigm that may allow the parties to work well together in coping with future disagreements before they become conflicts.

Divorce mediation allows the disputing parties to resolve divorce and family disputes amicably without going to court with the assistance of a neutral third-party divorce mediator. The family mediator, often (but not always) an experienced attorney, acts as an impartial and unbiased facilitator and helps the disputing parties reach an agreement. Divorce and family mediation has proven to be effective and is becoming one of the most commonly used methods of negotiating divorce and family settlements.

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Dealing with divorce and family disputes can be emotionally challenging
and stressful. Standing against a family member or soon-to-be ex-spouse
in a courtroom may not be a comfortable situation. Further, litigation is
complex, lengthy, expensive, and not confidential. Each family and divorce
dispute is distinctive and may involve a particular set of facts that require
a more customized approach. Fortunately, parties can resort to mediation
that offers a cost and time-efficient alternative to divorce and family
dispute lawsuits.

Mediation allows the disputing parties to resolve divorce and family
disputes amicably without going to court through a neutral third-party
mediator. The mediator, usually an experienced attorney, acts as an
impartial and unbiased facilitator and helps the disputing parties reach an
agreement based on mutually acceptable terms. In recent times, mediation
has become one of the most commonly used methods of negotiating
divorce and family settlements.

Dealing with divorce and family disputes can be emotionally challenging and stressful. Standing against a family member or soon-to-be ex-spouse in a courtroom may not be a comfortable situation. Further, litigation is complex, lengthy, expensive, and not confidential. Each family and divorce dispute is distinctive and may involve a particular set of facts that require a more customized approach. Fortunately, parties can resort to mediation that offers a cost and time-efficient alternative to divorce and family dispute lawsuits.

Mediation allows the disputing parties to resolve divorce and family disputes amicably without going to court through a neutral third-party mediator. The mediator, usually an experienced attorney, acts as an impartial and unbiased facilitator and helps the disputing parties reach an agreement based on mutually acceptable terms. In recent times, mediation has become one of the most commonly used methods of negotiating divorce and family settlements.

What is Divorce Mediation?

In divorce mediation, the soon-to-be ex-spouses mutually appoint a divorce and family mediator. Each mediator has their own approach. The mediator may or may not meet with the parties separately. Mediators also 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 divorce and family mediation is always to allow the parties to reach their own agreement.

Regardless of the mediator’s style, the mediator will guides the parties through the issues that need to be resolved in the divorce process (or in connection with the family dispute at hand). The family mediator listens to both sides, and assists the other party in considering the viewpoint of each spouse. 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.

The divorce 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 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 litigation.

The parties themselves decide the outcome of their case with the input of their professionals. A New Jersey divorce mediation can yield a customized settlement that is mutually acceptable and fair to both parties. The issues that can be resolved through divorce mediation or family mediation in New Jersey include, without limitation :

  • Equitable Distribution

  • Child custody

  • Spousal Support (alimony/Maintenance)

  • Parenting rights; Time with Children
  • Child support and maintenance
  • Occupancy of marital residence

  • responsibility for marital debts

  • Tax issues
  • Paying for College, medical expenses, child care and other child related costs

  • Decision making for Children

  • Grandparent access/visitation and other access issues
  • Relocation
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What is Divorce Mediation?

In divorce mediation, the soon-to-be ex-spouses mutually appoint an experienced mediator who guides them through the issues that need to be legally settled in a divorce process. The mediator listens to both sides, considers and communicates the viewpoint of each spouse, brainstorms possible settlement ideas, and then advises on what could be the potential fair and legal settlement for each issue. Divorce mediation helps in reducing animosity between the parties, which is particularly important when children are involved.

The parties have a significant say in deciding the outcome of their case and they can have a customized settlement that is mutually acceptable and fair to both parties. The issues that can be resolved through divorce mediation include:

  • Child custody
  • Parenting rights
  • Child support and maintenance
  • Spousal support
  • Property and asset distribution including home, car, vehicles, valuables
  • Bank loan or debt settlement
  • Tax returns
  • Investments including stock options
  • Insurance including home, car, health, and life insurance
  • Retirement
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What is Family Law Mediation?

Family disputes can arise between siblings, legal heirs of a deceased, or
extended family. The parties to a family law dispute appoint a neutral third-
party mediator who helps them in negotiating a mutually acceptable
settlement without going to the court. The issues that can be settled through
family law mediation include:

  • Inherited property distribution
  • Succession of family business
  • Eldercare
  • Grandparents rights
  • Extended family issues
  • Disputes between unmarried couples having children together, or having a joint business, property, investments, or other assets.

What is Family Law Mediation?

Family disputes can arise between siblings, legal heirs of a deceased, or extended family. The parties to a family law dispute appoint a neutral third-party mediator who helps them in negotiating a mutually acceptable settlement without going to the court. The issues that can be settled through family law mediation include:

  • Inherited property distribution
  • Succession of family business
  • Eldercare
  • Grandparents rights
  • Extended family issues
  • Disputes between unmarried couples having children together, or having a joint business, property, investments, or other assets.
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CONSULT WITH AN EXPERIENCED NEW JERSEY divorce and family MEDIATOR

Mediation is a cost-saving, time-efficient, and effective way to achieve a mutually agreed-upon resolution to civil disputes, while avoiding the time, expense, and risk associated with resolving a dispute in court.

If you believe your legal dispute can benefit from mediation, call Lex Mediation Services in New Jersey at 201-252-7000, or visit our contact page to schedule a free initial consultation with a knowledgeable and experienced New Jersey Divorce and Family Mediator.

CONSULT WITH AN EXPERIENCED CIVIL MEDIATOR

Mediation is a cost-saving, time-efficient, and effective way to achieve a mutually agreed-upon resolution to civil disputes, while avoiding the time, expense, and risk associated with resolving a dispute in court.

If you believe your legal dispute can benefit from mediation, call Lex Mediation Services in New Jersey at 201-252-7000, or visit our contact page to schedule a free initial consultation with a knowledgeable and experienced New Jersey Civil Mediator.

Stages of Divorce and Family Mediation

Introductory session

In the first meeting, the family mediator collects background information about the parties and the dispute. He tries to understand the cause of the dispute and the goals each party is seeking to achieve through the mediation.

Negotiation and settlement

After identifying the issues and listening to each party’s viewpoint, the mediator tries to assist the parties as they negotiate a settlement. The divorce mediator’s goal is for the parties to reach an agreement they view as satisfactory.

Issue Identification

In this stage, the New Jersey divorce mediator works with the parties to identify all the issues that should be settled. He then listens to each party’s viewpoint, communicates between them, and helps the parties in establishing an agenda for discussing the issues identified.

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

After the settlement terms are agreed to, a memorandum of understanding is drawn between the parties. The MOU is non-binding, but it records the presently acceptable settlement terms between the parties.

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Stages of Divorce and Family Mediation

Introductory session

In the first meeting, the mediator collects background information about the parties and the dispute. He tries to understand the cause of the dispute and the goals each party is seeking to achieve through the mediation.

Negotiation and settlement

After identifying the issues and listening to each party’s viewpoint, the mediator tries to negotiate a settlement between the parties. He assists the parties in negotiating a settlement that is fair and mutually acceptable.

Issue Identification

In this stage, the mediator works with the parties to identify all the issues that should be settled. He then listens to each party’s viewpoint, communicates between them, and helps the parties in establishing a middle ground for the issues identified.

Agreement

After the settlement terms are agreed to, a formal agreement is drawn between the parties. The agreement records the settlement terms between the parties.

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Why is Divorce And Family Mediation Beneficial And Successful?

A divorce and family law mediation can settle all the disputes that the parties would otherwise settle through a lawsuit.

  • Mediation is confidential, voluntary, and collaborative. Further, parties can decide the outcome of their case by agreeing on mutually acceptable terms.
  • When parties have a say in the outcome of their dispute, they are more likely to comply with the agreed terms.
  • In divorce mediation, parties can settle the issues related to child custody and parenting rights in a manner that they believe will be the best for their child.
  • The disputing parties can end their relationship on a more positive note.
  • Mediation is less time-consuming and depending upon the agreement between the parties, can be completed in a few sessions. Parties can also decide the timing of these sessions as opposed to court-appointed dates.
  • Mediation is less expensive than a divorce or family dispute lawsuit.
  • Mediation is non-binding and if at any time any party wants to withdraw from the process, they can do so.

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Why is Divorce And Family Law Mediation Beneficial And Successful?

A divorce and family law mediation can settle all the disputes that the parties would otherwise settle through a lawsuit.

  • Mediation is confidential, voluntary, and collaborative. Further, parties can decide the outcome of their case by agreeing on mutually acceptable terms.
  • When parties have a say in the outcome of their dispute, they are more likely to comply with the agreed terms.
  • In divorce mediation, parties can settle the issues related to child custody and parenting rights in a manner that they believe will be the best for their child.
  • The disputing parties can end their relationship on a more positive note.
  • Mediation is less time-consuming and depending upon the agreement between the parties, can be completed in a few sessions. Parties can also decide the timing of these sessions as opposed to court-appointed dates.
  • Mediation is less expensive than a divorce or family dispute lawsuit.
  • Mediation is non-binding and if at any time any party wants to withdraw from the process, they can do so.
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Consult With An Experienced Family Law
and Divorce Mediator

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Divorce mediation and family mediation offer a flexible, collaborative, voluntary, less expensive, and time-efficient approach to resolving family disputes and divorces. Divorce mediation and family mediation generally allow parties to minimize or avoid the emotional stress and hostility the parties experience in a court case.

If you believe your divorce and family disputes could be resolved in mediation, contact Lex Mediation Service in New Jersey at 201-252-7000, or visit our contact page to schedule a free initial consultation with a knowledgeable and experienced New Jersey Family and Divorce Mediator.

We also offer online mediation services as well as in person sessions.

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Consult With An Experienced Family Law and Divorce Mediator

Mediation offers a flexible, collaborative, voluntary, less expensive, and time-efficient approach to resolving family and divorce disputes. It helps in minimizing the emotional stress and hostility parties experience in a court case.

If you believe your divorce and family disputes can benefit from mediation, contact Lex Mediation Service in New Jersey at 201-252-7000, or visit our contact page to schedule a free initial consultation with a knowledgeable and experienced New Jersey Family and Divorce Mediator. We also offer online mediation services for parties who cannot attend physical mediation sessions.

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How can Lex Mediation Services assist with your divorce or Family Dispute?

Lex Mediation Services LLC is a full service mediation firm headquartered in Central New Jersey. It was founded by a seasoned attorney, Jay L. Silverberg, who has more than 30 years of experience in all types of commercial, business, and contract law matters, and is a former divorce and family law litigator. Mr. Silverberg’s experience as a business and restructuring lawyer in unique among New Jersey divorce mediators and New Jersey family mediators. We bring a unique perspective and background to New Jersey divorce and family mediation.

We offer a free thirty minute introductory Zoom session to parties interested in exploring divorce mediation or family mediation in New Jersey. We are happy to schedule it at your convenience and hope that we can, if nothing else, help you ascertain whether mediation might be a viable option for you.

How can attorney Jay L Silverberg assist with your dispute?

Attorney Silverberg has more than 30 years of experience in all types of commercial, business, and contract law matters. He has successfully
dealt with matters ranging from small business deals to compensation claims for millions of dollars. He has the experience and in-depth
knowledge to identify the issues and knows the costs and risks involved in litigating civil disputes.

As counsel to many successful businesses and individual clients, he has the negotiation skills and expertise to guide parties towards the best
outcome for their particular situation.

If you are involved in a contractual dispute, contact Silverberg Law Firm as soon as possible. Attorney Silverberg will be able to advise whether
your dispute can benefit from mediation and offer excellent mediation skills to resolve your matter quickly and efficiently.

Mediate with Lex

A mediation with Lex is an efficient way to address any contract dispute. We are presently conducting mediation solely by Zoom. It is hoped that in person sessions will resume by 2022. Call us today at 201-252-7000 to discuss how we can help.

Mediate with Lex

A mediation with Lex is an efficient way to address any contract dispute. We are presently conducting mediation solely by Zoom. It is hoped that in person sessions will resume by 2022. Call us today at 201-252-7000 to discuss how we can help.

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