[Updated on 12/4/2017 for the NJ Supreme Court’s Decision] Relocation of a child with a custodial parent is one of the most challenging elements of a divorce (or post-judgment action in a divorce). If the noncustodial parent objects to the relocation (or...
In law, there is a concept called parens patriae, whereby the government (via the court) takes parental responsibility for children if the court feels the best interest of the child is not being looked after. A recent case in Ocean County (NJ) demonstrates this...
I’ve previously written about some of the differences between a divorce and a dissolution of a civil union. Back on December 8, 2006, I wrote about a case in Virginia whereby a couple entered into a civil union in Vermont. They then had a child via artificial...
A mediated divorce often costs less than 1/3rd of a litigated divorce
Mediation can finalize a divorce in much less time than litigation -- months versus years
You lose none of your rights by mediating
Mediation is confidential
Make decisions about your future for yourself
Parties are more satisfied with terms they agree to in mediation than terms imposed by a court
Agreements obtained through mediation are far less likely to end up back in court
Mediation is a forward-looking process (where do you go from here)
Mediation can be used to resolve many types of disputes, including the dissolutions of gay and lesbian (same-sex) relationships, civil unions, domestic partnerships and commercial and community disputes
Mediation allows you to get on with your life more quickly