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Divorce through mediation: a more amicable split

There are countless stories in the media of bitter divorces dragged out for years while each spouse tries to destroy the other. There are stories of one spouse trying to sabotage the other's chance of getting child custody, so he or she tells the judge whatever he or she thinks will tarnish the other spouse's reputation. Unfortunately, there are some people who make it very difficult to divorce. On the other hand, there are many people in New Jersey who try to take a more amicable approach through mediation.

It is, in fact, a requirement for divorce lawyers in New Jersey to recommend mediation to their clients. The hope is that they will be able to set aside whatever differences they may have in the hope that they can calmly and amicably divide their assets, come up with a child custody arrangement, and arrange for child and/or spousal support. Some couples have even been able to remain friends following their divorces.

It can be especially helpful for New Jersey couples to seek out family law mediation if they have children. Dragging each other to court or, worse, dragging the children, makes it especially difficult to coparent. Instead, if they can put aside whatever negative feelings they have for each other and recognize how important it is to remain peaceful for their children, they stand a better chance of having a healthy parenting relationship.

Mediation may not be easy, but it is a good alternative to ending a marriage in court, something that is becoming increasingly rare, as it is. There are currently fewer than 5 percent of divorces that go through the courts.

Source: New York Post, "Ordinary folk take Gwyneth's lead to 'consciously uncouple'," Kate Storey, May 27, 2014

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