The concern some people have is what if all the work you have done in mediation falls apart between the time you complete mediation and get to court. Our experience at Westfield Mediation, LLC, is that this rarely happens. Once you consult an attorney for legal advice, the lawyer may suggest you change this or that about the agreement. As long as you pick a mediation-friendly review attorney, the bones of your agreement usually stay the same and some minor details may be altered. The only time we have seen mediation utterly fall apart after mediation was complete was when a spouse picked a non-mediation-friendly attorney who basically immediately threw out the agreement and wanted the spouse to start from scratch.
Divorce mediation is a court recognized settlement process. The court will accept the fair and equitable divorce agreement you reached during mediation. It is nice to have the flexibility to modify slightly your original agreement without it all falling apart after mediation. That flexibility allows people to feel comfortable making important decisions in mediation for their future.
For more information about Divorce Mediation contact Randi M. Albert, JD, or Michelle Weinberg, LMFT, at Westfield Mediation, LLC, at 908.913.0373. View our website at www.westfieldnjmediation.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org