Mediation

Rockland County Divorce Mediator

Assisting clients with quality divorce mediation services

When a marriage is heading towards divorce, the couple is already dealing with a lot of emotions. The last thing many people want to do is have a long, difficult legal battle in a courtroom. Most would rather come to an amicable conclusion, make decisions about their future, and move on. When a couple can put aside their differences to work towards a common goal, mediation may help them avoid the pitfalls of a stressful legal situation. In mediation, the divorcing spouses can address relevant marital issues such as spousal maintenance, property distribution, child custody, relocation, visitation, child support and other disputed factors of a divorce. Mediation can allow a couple to save time, money, and the headache of going to court. If you are considering divorce and are interested in mediation, contact The Law Office of Peter L. Jameson, PLLC to discuss which option may be best for you.

The Mediation Process

Mediation is quickly becoming the most utilized form of alternative dispute resolution. In mediation, the couple comes together in a neutral location to discuss the contested marital issues related to their divorce, with a common goal of finding an amicable solution. The couple will hire a mediator as a neutral third party to help guide them through the process and assist them in handling unresolved matters of their divorce. When couples come into the process willing to work together and possibly having many of their marital issues resolved, they may finish the process quite quickly. In mediation, a couple can take as much time or as little time as they need to come to a decision because they do not have to rely on a court date or a judge. After all relevant matters are resolved, the mediator drafts a Separation Agreement that the parties may discuss with their respective legal counsel. Once both sides are satisfied, the Agreement can be filed in court. The judge is responsible for a Final Judgment of Divorce, which will effectively end the marriage.

Benefits of Mediation

Mediation comes with a number of benefits. Some of the benefits are outlined as follows.

  • Control: Mediation allows the couple to make decisions about their divorce and their future on their own terms. There is no judge involved to make decisions on the couple’s behalf based on guidelines provided by the state. A couple has the opportunity to personalize their divorce based on the circumstances of their relationship and come to an agreement on their own.
  • Cost Effective: Successful mediation allows a couple to save a significant amount of money in comparison to other methods of a divorce. Without the need for exorbitant attorney and court fees, a couple can save money better spent elsewhere.
  • Efficient: Couples who choose mediation often find a much quicker process. Contested divorces can take upwards of a year to complete while mediation can be completed in just a few sessions, depending on the couple. Many couples wait longer for the court to finalize the marriage.
  • Voluntary: If a couple can work together to choose mediation, they are more vested in the process’s success. When a couple chooses to avoid court, they are more likely to give the process their all.
  • Family protection: When a couple chooses mediation, they are modeling healthy dispute resolution methods for their children. This is an important benefit of mediation. While showing the children how to better resolve issues, they may be able to forge a new cooperative relationship that can transfer to a successful co-parenting structure.

Contact an experienced mediator in Rockland County

If you are considering divorce but wish to avoid going to court, it may be in your interests to consider mediation. The Law Office of Peter L. Jameson, PLLC has years of experience guiding clients through the mediation process and on to a better situation. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation so we can determine if mediation is right for you.