Mediation Steps in Monmouth County
Learn More About How Mediation Works
If you are considering a divorce and thinking about mediation, there are a few things you should know.
Steps in the Mediation Process: An Outline
The process starts when both parties meet with the mediator. Steven P. Monaghan is an experienced family law mediator serving Monmouth County and beyond. He acts as a neutral third party to facilitate discussion and answer legal questions. Mediation may also begin after both parties have retained their own legal counsel, in which case the mediator may meet with the parties and their counsel.
Sometimes, the mediation process starts after the parties have already retained their own attorneys, and the mediator would meet either with the parties alone, or with the parties and their attorneys.
Mediation may be court ordered. In these cases, family court judges rely upon Attorney Steven Monaghan to resolve high-conflict divorces prior to trial. Since 2007, Mr. Monaghan has been appointed to over 275 cases. If you would like Mr. Monaghan to be your Monmouth County divorce mediator, contact us to schedule your free consultation.
Steps for Successful Mediation
After meeting with your mediator, there are certain steps you should follow:
- Providing documentation: Both parties will be asked to provide necessary documentation in order for the mediator to analyze the issues involved in your matter. This includes a financial disclosure, tax returns, budgets, retirement account statements, debts, any pleading filed with the court, any previous agreements, and more.
- Identifying potential issues: The parties and their attorneys, if applicable, will then meet with their mediator to analyze issues, and work to find solutions. Mediators may meet with both parties together, discuss issues with the parties separately, or use a combination method.
- Drafting the agreement: Your mediator will create an agreement in writing after all issues are resolved. It’s important to note that this is not a divorce judgment or decree.
- Submitting the agreement: After the agreement has been prepared, both parties legal counsel, or the parties themselves, can finalize their divorce through the court, turning the mediation agreement into their divorce judgment.
Considering Mediation for Your Divorce? Talk to Us First.
If you think that divorce mediation is the route you and your spouse want to take, first talk to the experienced Monmouth County divorce mediation lawyer at the Law Offices of Steven P. Monaghan.
Call us today at (732) 624-6343 to get started!
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