When is mediation the right choice for your family law disputes?


In cases of mediation, both parties are still within their rights to retain representation, but rather than leaving the decision-making to the judge in litigation, mediation allows you and your family to come to a suitable resolution. Mediation, unlike litigation, can be an empowering and expedited process that minimizes the adversarial instincts of a trial.

Mediation and arbitration tend to save everyone time, money, and hurt feelings. At DAME Legal, our talented team of lawyers will attend to your family law cases, work to prepare you for mediation proceedings, and aid in your negotiation efforts so that you and your family can achieve a meaningful resolution as quickly as possible.

No case is too big or too small for mediation as long as all parties involved remain committed to a thoughtful and communicative process that takes everyone’s best interests to heart. At DAME Legal, our family lawyers have experience in representing individual clients in mediation, as well as mediating any disputes impartially.

Facilitating meaningful mediation and arbitration in divorce cases

In cases of mediation and arbitration, typically, a licensed attorney facilitates the negotiating process, but technically, it can be any impartial third party. Arbitration and mediation are valuable alternative resolution methods to any civil case but are most commonly used in cases of family law, such as divorce, child support, and the equitable division of assets.

  • Mediation is a streamlined process that can be used to resolve disputes in divorce and child custody issues. While a mediator is not a licensed therapist, an impartial mediator will effectively be able to determine the relevant information necessary to craft a plan for resolution, validate the needs and preferences of all involved parties, and allow everyone to arrive at a mutual agreement. If mediation is effective, the meditator—usually an attorney—will draw up a document outlining the terms of the agreement and submit it to the court, which allows for meaningful recourse, such as litigation, should any party rescind their commitment to the agreement.
  • Arbitration is another form of alternative dispute resolution. Unlike mediation, arbitration is typically used in situations after divorce. These situations can include, but may not be limited to, modifications of co-parenting plans, child support, and custody. Arbitration is more formal than mediation in that both parties give testimony, call witnesses, and provide evidence. Like mediation, arbitration allows disputing parties to represent themselves or retain a lawyer to guide them through the process.

If you live in the greater New Jersey area or the New York metropolitan area, our partners at DAME Legal can help you overcome this difficult part of your life with relative ease. Give us a call at 201-968-5800 or fill out our contact form on our site to begin the process.

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