Mediation is a process by which both parties seek an amicable resolution to their issues and their case with a third neutral party acting as a go-between to broker a deal. The benefits of mediation are that both parties have more control over the resolution of their case, as opposed to a judge telling them how their case will be resolved. It is an empowering process for both parties, because they know their situation, they know their children, and they know what will work best for the two of them moving forward.
If the mediator is successful, they draft a memorandum of understanding, which the attorneys then draft that into a marital settlement agreement or property settlement agreement for both parties to sign.
Alison C. Leslie, Esq. practices family law exclusively in her Morristown, NJ offices, where she offers her clients the individualized attention of a solo practitioner with the experience of a larger firm. She can be reached at (973) 631-8002. View her website and Divorce Magazine profile.