Divorce Mediation

Divorce Mediation

A mediator is an impartial third party who hears and analyzes the parties’ positions on resolving their differences, and then works with them to attempt to reach settlement, usually by their making mutual compromises. The parties can attend mediation either with or without attorneys, but when our clients go to private mediation before going to Court, we prefer to work with them first to determine what assets, income and other issues such as custody and parenting time are in play. We then devise various scenarios for settlement, based on the particular facts of their case and the applicable law. It helps to have reasonable expectations, and this prepares our clients for the negotiations that occur during mediation. This method of alternate dispute resolution is so highly effective, it is built into the Court process for family law cases in New Jersey. When you get to a certain stage of the proceedings, a mediator is chosen for mandatory two hours of mediation, unless there is a domestic violence restraining order in the case. Those two hours are free of charge. If you wish to continue, as many people do, you pay the mediator’s usual hourly rate. Ms. Copeland is a Court-approved mediator and is chosen to work in that capacity by her colleagues.