There may be any number of reasons you’d want to speed up your divorce, beyond the obvious one of just wanting it to be over! One parent may have a move planned for a new job, or perhaps you want to speed things along to save money on legal bills.
Whatever your reason for wanting a faster resolution to your divorce, you will find that the quickest way to reach your goal of a fast divorce is to be in agreement on all the major issues like alimony, child custody and support, and the division of property and debts. Many couples find that the fastest way to resolution is through mediation.
One of the biggest benefits of mediation is that both parties have control over all the decisions and the final outcome of their divorce case. The mediator is there to facilitate decision-making, not to make the actual decisions for you and your family. Because you retain control of what goes into the final divorce agreement, it is much more likely that the final order will be followed by all parties. You also have better control over your legal expenses since you control the mediation process.
But what if you and your spouse are not in agreement about splitting assets or other issues? Will mediation work for you? Contrary to popular belief, mediation can help high conflict couples work through their differences and reach a reasonable solution in a private setting. Even if you think you can’t even sit in the same room as your spouse, in mediation you will work with a neutral third party — the mediator — who has the training and experience to help you focus on the issues and work together to resolve them. Mediation doesn’t mean you have to even sit in the same room, as it can be done with the two parties occupying separate rooms or using an online platform.
One thing to remember: a mediator cannot give you specific legal advice. However, a consulting attorney can. Even if your divorce is an amicable one, there are bound to be issues that arise where you wonder what the best course of action will be for your individual future. Having your own attorney to consult with you on these issues and coach you through the negotiations will help you make informed decisions as well as move the mediation process along more smoothly and quickly.
By handling cases with the dignity and respect they deserve, we have helped many families in New Jersey civilly resolve their divorce, rebuild a satisfying life, and confidently step into the next chapter of their lives. Contact us today for your free consultation.