Television and movies tend to depict divorce as a battle that is fought in a courtroom with the parties constantly arguing with each other. Fortunately, life does not have to imitate art. In fact, ex-spouses can have an amicable, if not friendly, relationship after a divorce. New Jersey couples can turn to divorce mediation for a kinder, gentler end to their marriage that may even help them forge an amicable post-divorce relationship, which could be especially advantageous for couples with children.
Regardless of what may happen with your marriage, you and your spouse will always be parents who are bound together by the love of, and for, your children. Choosing to avoid the courtroom by working together to reach a settlement can go a long way toward allowing both of you the opportunity to continue to be loving parents. Everyone would benefit from such a relationship, since children need the security of knowing that their parents are there for them even when they are no longer married.
Nearly every issue that would be resolved in court can be handled during mediation. You and your spouse can negotiate the division of your assets and debts, along with spousal maintenance, if that is an issue. Moreover, the two of you can take your time creating a parenting plan that works best for your family. The plan can provide solutions for as many potential areas of conflict as possible in order to avoid confrontations in the future.
Once all of your issues have been resolved, your settlement agreement can be documented and executed. It can then be presented to a New Jersey court for approval. Using divorce mediation will ensure that the provisions of your settlement are enforceable, fair and equitable to both of you.