New Jersey Divorce and Family Mediation
If you are unhappy in your marriage and contemplating a divorce or are in a period of separation, it can be a scary time in your life. There are many uncertainties….what about the kids…who gets the house and/or car…how will I be able to live…how does all of this work? With nearly half of all marriages ending in divorce, this volume of cases has created a large burden on the court system and the participants. A quicker and less expensive alternative to a court litigated divorce is available: Mediation.
Mediation is a process whereby an impartial third party — the mediator — leads the divorcing couple through the process of agreeing on the required areas — namely equitable distribution of assets and liabilities (such as your house or 401k), alimony/spousal support (if warranted), parenting and child support. Mediation helps you get to answers.
Mediation also works for unmarried parents who need help with resolving parenting plans and child support issues.
Sanns Mediation Services is the private practice of in-demand NJ-based professional mediator and arbitrator Marvin Schuldiner. Sanns Mediation Services gives a free telephone consultation to all divorce mediation clients.This will allow you to assess the mediator and have any questions about the mediation process answered.
Mediations are now available over video conferencing (Zoom) from the comfort of your home.
To learn more about divorce and divorce mediation in New Jersey, you can review on this website:
- The Sanns NJ Divorce Mediation Guide
- Helpful articles and book recommendations on divorce, mediation, family and parenting (see the menu on the left in the footer)
- The mediation and ADR Blog, which updates the latest on law changes and other news
- Other resources (NJ laws and criteria on divorce, custody, child support, visitation and alimony)
- Or feel free to contact me with further questions or to get started
Post Judgment Mediation
Mediation can be used after a final judgment of divorce has been entered by the court. Parenting plans, child support — including child support guideline recalculations — and (sometimes) alimony need periodic adjustments as circumstances change over time. A 6-year-old child will have far different needs and costs than a 13-year-old child. Other disagreements may arise on interpreting prior agreements. Consider mediation for these adjustments even if you did not mediate your divorce or prior adjustments.
Many people who are marrying want to protect their rights in case things do not work as planned. Negotiating a prenuptial agreement presents challenges as there is little animosity before marriage and most couples think the current state of cooperation will continue even should the marriage not work out. A mediator can be helpful in reframing how the couple views disagreement and help guide them to an agreement.