Unlike litigation, which can take years to reach conclusion and often requires extensive funding and energy, mediation is an process that can guide willing parties to a solution at a fraction of the cost, in much less time and with a result that satisfies all involved. Disputes related to custody and parenting time, for example, can take months (sometimes years) to resolve in litigation, whereas productive mediation sessions permit parents to arrive at and implement custodial and time-sharing arrangements immediately. In addition, mediation enables clients to agree to temporary solutions and to experiment with different options through a process that supports flexibility and allows circumstances to be modified in a much more acceptable time frame.
If you feel as though you know enough about mediation and have agreed with the other parties to utilize the process, go here to schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation.
The rise of mediation as an alternative to litigation is illustrated by the following facts:
- Rule 5:8-1 of the Rules of Court Governing the State of New Jersey requires that custody and parenting time disputes be submitted to mediation;
- Rule 1:40-4(a) gives Superior Court and Municipal Court judges the authority to order parties to submit certain disputes to mediation at any time after litigation begins;
- New Jersey enacted the Uniform Mediation Act, found at N.J.S.A. 2A:23C-1, et seq. in November of 2004, which now governs the conduct of mediations and mediators in this State;
- Many municipal/township/local courts now offer complimentary dispute resolution (CDR) for cases involving neighbors and other individuals who find themselves in court over disagreements that have led to the filing of charges against one or more parties.