Can I mediate a divorce case in New Jersey? If I can how do I do so? The Artusa Law Firm can help you mediate your divorce or family law issues in a professional and timely manner in our Jersey City Office with office hours seven days a week. Divorce Mediator Santo V. Artusa. Jr., Esq is skilled in mediating difficult situations and divorce matters nationwide but especially in New Jersey where he is a licensed attorney. Mr. Artusa learned most of his mediation skills when he studied abroad at Oxford University in England. At Oxford, Mr. Artusa learned how to debate and find solutions to difficult situations with some of the best professors in the world. This experience and his personal background assisted Mr. Artusa in becoming one of the best mediators in New Jersey. Mediation is a solution that all people seeking a divorce should consider before filing for divorce. Mediation is a better alternative than having a Judge decide your matter with limited information and limited time. In short, with mediation, you and your spouse control what is addressed and when. Before you file for divorce, seriously consider what you want from the divorce and consider mediation, it will be a wise choice. We've been trained to be litigation ready but experienced to find resolutions.
With Mediation You Could:
- Have More Input In Your Case
- Work Around Your Schedule Instead of the Courts
- Reduce the stress by not being in court
- Possibly save money depending on the issues at hand (Some divorces cost as little as $2500 and some over $500,000, while mediation can be much less).
- You Decide who you want to mediate. In family court, you are stuck with your judge (for the most part).
- Can be done much faster than through the court system which is not efficient at all.
- Come to an agreement both parties can agree with by way of marital settlement agreement that will be honored and accepted by the New Jersey Family Court.
Back to the question, can i Mediate my divorce? In actuality, you can mediate any dispute you may have and you can do formally through a lawyer, or informally such as a community leader and so forth depending on the nature of the dispute (Honestly, you should use an experienced divorce attorney to help divorce related issues). The right divorce or family lawyer is more equipped to mediate a legal dispute such as a divorce while a community leader is more equipped to handle family disputes (non-legal) such as father/son issues, issues between neighbors among others. In a divorce, a Judge does not decide the issues in your case until further down the road and if that Judge does decide the issues, he or she will be doing so with hundreds if not thousands of other cases. The Judge, like everyone else, can only pay attention to each issue for so long and when a Judge has so many cases, he or she cannot give his or her undivided attention because there are only 8 hours to a Judge's on the bench (in court) in a day. On the flip side, a divorce mediator is able to set time aside to get to know the parties, to understand the legal issues between the parties and take the time required to make an informed decision. Mediation does not start and end in one day (usually) and again this is fact specific which would give a mediator a better understanding of what is at stake, which issues should be dealt with head on and what should be dealt with later. Sometimes a mediator can help resolve all issues and other times the mediator can only resolve some of the issues. New Jersey Divorce Mediator Santo V. Artusa, Jr., Esq. is skilled in divorce and family law mediation. Mr. Artusa has been selected to the prominent publication Best Lawyers in the United States for mediation and other publications for Family Law.
How much does divorce mediation cost?
The cost for Divorce Mediation depends on how many issues are in dispute, how willing each party is to resolve the case, how complex the issues the parties have are. so while the Artusa Law Firm does have some flat fee packages that include a certain number of meetings and hours to review documents and meet with clients, many cases require more than 1-3 meeting to reach a resolution for the case which then needs to be typed up and signed by the parties that can be used in family court for the divorce.
How long does it take?
Again it depends but it is much faster than having a trial in the Superior Court which is backlogged and the court requires many appearances and requirements to even have a court date, let alone a trial date. Mediation can be done in one visit or in 3-5 visits within one month if all the parties are able to do so.
How can we begin mediation?
In order to begin, you should call the Artusa Law Firm office in Jersey City to setup a consultation (mediation consultation is $250/brief phone consultation for mediation is free) and then the mediator can determine what is needed to proceed, the costs involved and then a date can be set to start the first mediation session in the Jersey City office. We do provide parking for our mediation clients.
If you are ready to proceed, contact the Artusa Legal Team on (201) 228-9815.
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