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
Meeting the mediator. Mediation generally begins with the parties meeting with an experienced
mediator like Steven Monaghan.
- 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.
- On other occasions, the parties have not retained attorneys and the mediator meets them without counsel.
- Many times the mediation is compelled by the court.
Meet the mediator. Family court judges counties 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.
Providing documentation. Whether the mediation starts with or without attorneys, the next step
is for the parties to provide the mediator with the information that is
necessary to analyze the various issues.
- This can include copies of past tax returns, financial disclosure forms, and present and future budgets, account statements from financial, retirement or debt accounts, copies of the pleadings filed with the court (if any), and any proposed agreements or stipulations on the various issues.
Analyzing the information and identifying issues. Once the necessary information is provided, the parties, and their attorneys
if applicable will meet with the mediator to begin analyses and identifying
resolutions to the issues.
- These meetings may be with everyone together, working together in one room, or with the mediator separating each side in different rooms and talk with each separately. An effective mediation is usually a combination of these two methods.
Preparing the agreement. After all of the issues have been resolved, the mediator will prepare
a written agreement. This is not a complete divorce decree or judgment
but is an agreement that represents a resolution of the issues in the
- Once this agreement is prepared, the parties can either have their attorneys prepare the necessary paperwork to finalize the divorce through the court, or the parties decide to take these steps themselves without the assistance of counsel.
- Submitting the agreement to court. Either way, a formal divorce judgment must still be obtained through the court to turn the mediation agreement into a binding divorce judgment from the court.
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, firsttalk to the experienced Monmouth County divorce mediation lawyers at the Law Office of Steven P. Monaghan, LLC. Call us today at (732) 624-6343 to get started!