My clients often ask why does a couple who goes through divorce mediation and agrees on everything in the end still have to go to court. They don’t want to take time off of work and court seems so intimidating and unnecessary. That is where the official paperwork comes in. I have been told that your attorney, or the judge if you have no attorney, will show the court that you think the agreement is fair, understand everything you agreed to in the divorce decree, were not forced into the agreement, that it resolves all the issues in your case, etc. It seems like it is a safety net preventing you from rescinding your agreement down the road. For example, you agreed to five years of alimony, but then five years later you want to return to court saying you didn’t really understand that alimony was for just five years, and now you want to extend it. There are witnesses and signatures that say otherwise. You previously stated and signed that you did understand and you did agree to these terms on the day you were in court. You both need to sign the divorce decree as well. Official paperwork.
It may be an inconvenience to have to take off of work to get divorced. But it is the only time you will have to go to court if you utilize divorce mediation. Westfield Mediation, LLC, offers different hours each day to best suit our clients needs, including evening hours. We can schedule appointments around your busy schedule. If you litigate your divorce you have to go to court many times and take many days off of work. You can be one and done with divorce mediation.
For more information on divorce mediation, please contact Randi M. Albert, JD, or Michelle Weinberg, M. Ed., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, at Westfield Mediation, LLC at 908.913.0373. View our website at www.westfieldnjmediation.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.