No one gets married thinking it will end in divorce. It takes time for people to accept the loss of their marriage. Even if divorce is ultimately the correct decision, it is still unfortunate for all involved. When both spouses accept that their marriage is coming to an end, they have to come to agreement on many issues, including child custody, property division and support. If the spouses cannot reach agreement, the court will have to decide these issues.
When divorcing spouses are on the same emotional page, mediation is the best way for them to come to agreement and achieve a relatively amicable divorce. Mediation offers more control over the outcome and is far more economical than litigation. If you and your spouse are thinking about mediation, consider working with The Law Office of Jennifer J. McCaskill, LLC. Ms. McCaskill was trained as a family law mediator by the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators. She has also practiced family law for more than 10 years. Her depth and breadth of experience offers tangible benefits to the people facing family law issues.
How Does Mediation Work?
In mediation, the spouses work closely with a mediator to discuss their differences and work toward solutions. The spouses may or may not have lawyers. The mediator cannot give legal advice, but may suggest how courts are likely to look at each spouse’s position. It typically takes multiple sessions for the spouses to reach agreement on property division, child custody and other matters.
Over her career, Ms. McCaskill have participated in several hundred mediations. In some, she represented clients as an attorney. In others, she served as the mediator. Often, she has participated as an Intensive Settlement Panelist and as a panelist for the Early Settlement Program, Matrimonial Division, in Monmouth County. When mediating a divorce, our goal is to help parties find common ground and create workable solutions.