In addition to litigation and other client representation, our firm offers Family Law Mediation services. Laura Ruvolo Lipp and Melissa M. Ruvolo are qualified as court-approved and private mediators. We also represent clients who are participating in mediation with other mediators.

While there are times when litigation is necessary to resolve the issues in a divorce, there are times when the uncertainty, acrimony and expense that come along with it are simply not necessary. Other means of dispute resolution, such as mediation, arbitration and collaborative divorce, are increasingly attractive alternatives for many divorcing couples. However, your divorce is resolved, it is critical to align yourself with skilled, knowledgeable legal counsel. With offices in Morristown and Hackensack and serving clients across North and Central New Jersey, we at Ruvolo Law Group, LLC, can effectively advance our clients' interests in each of these forums.

Mediation, Arbitration, and Collaborative Law

While each of these methods involves different procedures and processes, mediation, arbitration and collaborative law are similar in that they take the issues in a divorce out of a judge's hands, giving the parties more control over the ultimate outcome. A brief description of each of these methods is below.

  • Mediation: In mediation, the parties to a divorce, their attorneys and a mediator gather together to discuss potential solutions to various points of contention. The mediator's role is not to push one or both spouses to an agreement. Rather, the mediator's role is to suggest ideas and offer guidance on how the court is likely to rule on specific issues. At Ruvolo Law Group, LLC, our attorneys have represented numerous clients in mediation.
  • Arbitration: An arbitration is similar to trial, although your case will be heard before an arbitrator rather than a judge. In arbitration, the parties have greater control over the procedural rules. Arbitration can be binding or nonbinding, depending on the wishes of the parties.
  • Collaborative divorce: In the collaborative divorce process, the spouses and their lawyers agree that all issues will be resolved outside of the court system. The decision to resolve a divorce collaboratively must be made at the outset of the divorce. Once the parties have resolved each of these issues in the collaborative process, the divorce is filed in the appropriate Superior Court as an uncontested divorce.

Our experienced attorneys will listen closely to your needs and help you determine whether one of these alternatives is likely to promote a positive outcome.

Morristown and Hackensack-Area Attorneys Serving North and Central New Jersey: Mediation, Arbitration, Collaborative Law

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