What is More Private: Litigation or Mediation?

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When a couple decides to get divorced, they often worry about their privacy. A divorce is a difficult, stressful, and emotional process, and many people want to go through it with only those closest to them. Luckily, there are a number of ways to resolve your divorce quickly and quietly. Read on to learn more about the best ways to maintain your privacy during a New Jersey divorce.

Litigation vs Mediation

Litigation involves getting divorced through a New Jersey court. During this process, a judge will make important decisions on your behalf, regarding matters like child custody, child support, alimony, the division of assets, and more. Mediation is another popular option. Mediation involves a neutral third party helping a couple work through the matters of their divorce. Mediation is generally the more private option. This is because it takes place outside of the court, and public records do not include terms that were agreed upon privately.

Resolving Your Divorce Outside of the Court

While mediation is a good option when it comes to keeping your divorce private, it does not work for all couples. But, there are other options to turn to. You may also want to explore the processes of arbitration and collaborative divorce. Arbitration is similar to mediation in that it takes place outside of the court and involves a neutral third party. But here, the third party acts as a judge, rather than a mediator. This means that he or she can make decisions on the couple’s behalf. Collaborative divorce takes place outside of the court. This involves the couple each securing the help of their own attorney. The four individuals (the couple and their attorneys) will all work together to create unique and creative solutions that are fair and just for both halves of the couple. In order to determine which method may work best for you, reach out to an experienced divorce attorney.

If you have any questions or concerns about your divorce or the best ways to maintain your privacy, contact our firm today. We understand that this is a difficult time, and we are here to walk you through it, every step of the way.

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Our firm proudly represents clients in New Jersey who are faced with matters of family law, criminal defense, business law, real estate law, or estate planning. If you require strong and dedicated representation for any of your legal matters, please do not hesitate to contact The Law Offices of George J. Mardinly to schedule a consultation.