Family Mediation is a cooperative problem solving process. It helps divorcing couples to reach an agreement that is the fairest and free of biases to both parties through the guidance and support of an impartial trained mediator. It is a way for families who are divorcing to learn to deal with the changes in roles, duties, and opportunities and to face those changes with emotional balance. Thus, divorce mediation is far less hostile than litigation, which is particularly beneficial when there are children involved, and is considerably less expensive than a traditional adversarial divorce.
Mediation is not a lawyer free process. However, the role of the attorney in mediation differs from the one in contested divorces. The divorcing parties are usually encouraged to obtain legal counsel for the purpose of providing answers to specific questions of law, to review the terms of their agreement from a legal standpoint, and to prepare any documents to be filed with a court.
As of January 2007 New Jersey law now includes “irreconcilable differences” as grounds for divorce.This means that a Complaint for Divorce can assert the existence of irreconcilable differences which have caused a breakdown of the marriage for six or more months. Otherwise, you would need to present the court with the grounds for your divorce. Possible grounds for the divorce are listed above.
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