Different Divorce Options in New Jersey | What You Need to Know

Different Divorce Options in New Jersey | What You Need to Know

Divorce is a stressful and emotional process, but there are ways to make it easier. Alternative methods of divorce can have a number of advantages. Read on to learn more about the different methods of divorce and some of their benefits.

What are the different divorce options in New Jersey?

Litigation involves a couple getting divorced through the court. This means a lawyer will make decisions on your behalf. Many couples attempt to avoid litigation, as this process can be long, costly, and stressful. Luckily, there are alternatives, including:

Mediated Divorce

Mediation allows couples to divorce outside of the courtroom. This process involves a neutral third party helping the couple work through the matters of their divorce to find unique solutions. Once spouses make their decisions, the mediator can present a signed document to the court and finalize the divorce.

Arbitrated Divorce

Another alternative method for divorce is arbitration. Similar to mediation, this also involves a third party. However, the processes differ in the sense that the third party in arbitrated divorces acts as a judge instead of a mediator. This means that the third party can make legal decisions on behalf of the couple. 

Collaborative Divorce

Couples who go through a collaborative divorce each have their own attorney there to represent them, and all parties must work together to find an arrangement that works best for the couple. 

What are the benefits of settling divorce outside of court?

Some benefits of alternative divorce methods include:

  • Control: Spouses have control over making their decisions. The matters are in your hands, rather than the hands of a judge. 
  • Confidentiality: The information shared during these processes cannot be discussed with anyone else or used against either spouse. Additionally, matters resolved outside of the court do not become public record.
  • Speed: The length of the process takes only as long as couples need to settle the issues they have to resolve. 
  • Cost: Settling outside of court may be more cost-effective. Trials can be expensive for both the couple and the state. 
  • Choice: This process is voluntary, as spouses have the choice to participate.
  • Family: Alternative methods often facilitate healthy and collaborative conversations, which can benefit any couple that has family involved.

If you are getting divorced, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to discuss your options.

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