Many divorcing couples seek streamlined alternatives to time-consuming divorce litigation. Mediation is generally the best way to resolve a divorce pre- and post-Covid. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Courts in New Jersey have been physically closed to the public and handle cases on Zoom. The Courts which already had crowded calendars, are more inundated due to the new system resulting in slower processes and backlogs that could last long after normal operations resume. Fortunately, there are alternatives that enable you to save time and money. At Helfand & Associates, our divorce lawyers offer mediation services. In fact, firm principal Tanya Helfand is a court-appointed mediator with extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution (ADR). If you want to shorten the time your divorce takes, while saving money and sparing yourself frustration, we’re ready to help. It’s the smart way to get divorced.
Both arbitration and mediation are methods of alternative dispute resolution. With these processes, you can resolve every issue of your divorce, including child custody, child support, alimony and the distribution of your marital property. Any matter you would hope to resolve in court can be done with Mediation or Arbitration.
Arbitration is essentially a private paid for court hearing. Each party presents their case to an independent third party, the arbitrator, who rules on the issues. Arbitration can be binding or nonbinding. In binding arbitration, parties agree to accept the arbitrator’s rulings. In nonbinding arbitration, parties retain their right to litigate disputes in court if one or both disagrees with the outcome. If both parties accept the arbitrator’s rulings, they present an agreement to the judge, who incorporates the terms into the divorce decree.
Mediation also employs a neutral third party, the mediator. But instead of acting as a judge, the mediator guides discussions between the parties toward a reasonable compromise. The mediator does not represent either party and does not give legal advice. Parties can work with their attorneys to prepare for mediation sessions, which cover topics they must settle. It is extremely effective for the parties to have their attorneys supporting them in the mediation. It helps typically to expedite the process. The goal is to arrive at a marital settlement agreement that can be submitted to the judge for approval, removing the need for litigation. If you reach a complete agreement, you can get an uncontested divorce. If you only reach a partial agreement, you must litigate the outstanding issues either before the court or an arbitrator before obtaining a divorce decree.
Mediation is the process used most often in divorce. It presents numerous advantages:
We have the experience to guide you through a successful mediation, so you get every benefit from the process. If you or your spouse wish to use Tanya Helfand as a Mediator, please set up a consultation together. She also frequently serves as a party’s advocate/attorney and helps the individual negotiate from a strong position.
Helfand & Associates advises New Jersey divorcing spouses regarding the benefits of arbitration and mediation. Call (973) 428-0800 or contact us online to schedule a free half-hour consultation. We appear regularly in counties throughout New Jersey – Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, Morris, Somerset, Sussex and Union.