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What Is Mediation?
Mediation is an empowering process in which the people in dispute, not the mediator, decide on the terms of their agreement. This is the opposite of the loss of power disputing parties experience when they choose litigation.
The mediator's role is to bring the parties together and to facilitate their communication. The mediator does not dictate solutions, take sides, or make judgments.
The parties are provided with the time and space to address each other. Perhaps for the first time, couples can share and truly hear each other's point of view, needs and concerns.
Family mediators help people to resolve disagreements about:
Distribution of Inherited Property
Other Family Matters
Mediation & Children
Minimizes the Effects on Children
Conflict during divorce is often unavoidable. When parents choose to go to court, the children quickly become pawns and parents use the children as "evidence" in court. Mediation is a win-win process that helps parents to focus on the needs of their children through the help of the neutral mediator.
Takes Less Time
Mediation is a short and effective process. When parents choose to go to court, the average divorce in New Jersey takes 15 months. During this time, the children are exposed to hostility and issues of loyalty.
Prepares for Co-Parenting
Through mediation parents learn to communicate respectfully and to place the needs of the children first. Children learn to model their parent's behavior as they grow into healthy and productive adults.
Once parents enter the court system, they make their personal information a matter of public record.
The most popular alternative to mediation is litigation. With litigation, all parties involved must pay the price for their own attorneys. With mediation:
The hourly charge is less than an attorney and the cost is split between the two parties.
The average cost of mediation ranges between $500 - $2,000.
The average cost of litigation ranges between $5,000 - $20,000.
In mediation, the parties are not charged for phone calls and emails.
Litigation involves the cost of discovery, motions, depositions, etc. Whereas, the single document created through mediation can easily be incorporated into a court order.
Benefits of Mediation vs Litigation
Mediation is cooperative and helps mend, rather than destroy, relationships
Mediation is respectful and confidential
Mediation allows the parties to control the agreement, not the judge or jury
Mediation eliminates aggressive bargaining and legal gamesmanship
Mediation facilitates creative solutions
Mediation is conducted in a private setting and is voluntary
All parties win in mediation; there is no loser, the agreement is completely controlled by the parties to the dispute
Sessions are set to suit the convenience of the parties
Mediation is faster and less costly than traditional litigation
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