Tanya L. Freeman

Mediation: Our Mediation May Help You Find Your Way Sooner

By Tanya L. Freeman, Attorney at Law

Mediation—also called alternative dispute resolution—is usually a faster, more economical way of negotiating the dissolution of a marriage. It’s especially effective when both sides are willing to come to the table in good faith and collaborate on solutions to questions of custody and the division of property.
Because they must be impartial, mediators cannot act as attorneys for either of the separating
participants, nor can the attorney of either party act as mediator. Participants can bring their attorneys to mediation sessions, but this often negates the cost savings of the process.

When we function as mediators, Tanya L. Freeman, Attorney at Law. seeks to help both parties reach a fair and equitable settlement by:

  • Building rapport, creating a cooperative environment, and maintaining neutrality.

  • Identifying upfront the issues that can be solved by mediation and those that can’t.

  • Assisting parties in collaborating on strategies for the valuation and distribution of marital assets

  • Understanding the income, expenses and earning capacity of the parties to come to a consensus on spousal and child support.

  • Identifying the issues and opportunities in parenting issues and reaching agreement on custody, co-parenting, and visitation.

Mediation is private and confidential. It can offer a broader platform to innovate solutions and find new
ways to reach consensus. We offer a full range of mediation services and unbiased specialists who can help you clearly assess and explore your options.

Tanya L. Freeman, Attorney at Law, is prepared to assist you if you seek mediation services. As a mediator in legal disputes, she aims to promote amicably reached solutions by employing methodical, tried-and-true strategies.

What is Mediation in Family Law?

Family law mediation or divorce mediation is a low-conflict procedure that can assist you and your ex-spouse in reaching an amicable agreement outside of court. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes include collaborative law and arbitration in addition to mediation. These procedures address both the legal aspects of divorce as well as the emotional health of the couple and other family members during and after the divorce. ADR can be part of a comprehensive family restructuring strategy. ‘Conscious uncoupling,’ for instance, helps couples maintain friendship and respect while using an ADR process such as mediation to resolve legal issues. In New Jersey, divorce mediation, as well as mediation for child custody, alimony, and other issues, can help you avoid the conflict, time, and cost of litigation.

Mediation for divorce is a cooperative, non-confrontational method for achieving tranquil resolutions in times of conflict. Couples in distress who wish to maintain a respectful relationship for the sake of their children frequently find that hiring a qualified New Jersey divorce mediator is the most civilized approach to addressing and resolving disputes. In addition, in the early stages of separation or divorce, family law and divorce mediation can be advantageous for many couples. Take for example in scheduling child custody and parenting time plans that work, simplifying the division of marital assets and liabilities, and developing agreeable alimony and child support provisions.

Why Divorce Mediation Is Effective

In contrast to traditional New Jersey divorce litigation, one of the primary objectives of our New Jersey divorce mediation services is to reduce hostility between the parties. Especially when children are involved, emotions can rapidly spiral out of control, aggravating the situation and causing unnecessary trauma to the couple’s children. By engaging a qualified, experienced attorney divorce mediator, you can be assured that you will be protected and supported throughout the entire process. In New Jersey, the mediation process can be used for the following family law matters:
  • Divorce
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Alimony
  • Marital property division
  • and more

Why Choose Family Law Mediation

There are a variety of legal options available to couples and families wishing to resolve family divorce-related issues. If they wish to resolve these matters outside of court, family law mediation or divorce mediation is frequently the best option. In New Jersey, even the most complex family disputes are typically resolved amicably through family law mediation, making it one of the quickest growing alternative dispute resolution methods in the state.

Positive Connections

A key advantage of the mediation process for many individuals is that they are able to maintain a positive relationship with their ex after resolving their divorce or family law matter with less conflict. This can be especially helpful if your co-parent is involved and there are children involved.

Mediation in New Jersey is Non-Binding

During the divorce mediation procedure in New Jersey, both parties meet with a neutral third party (also known as a mediator) in order to reach an agreement. Couples in New Jersey may choose to participate in mediation with or without their attorneys present. These private meetings afford both parties the opportunity to discuss their differences in a safe and controlled environment. In contrast to a judge, the neutral mediator does not make decisions; rather, he or she facilitates conversation between the disputing parties in order to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. Unless both parties have signed a legally binding agreement, nothing discussed in the New Jersey mediation sessions is legally binding or enforceable. Thus, mediation is not legally binding.

What are the Benefits of Family Law Mediation

Numerous litigants and potential litigants gravitate toward New Jersey mediation as a result of the following advantages that NJ mediation provides:


  • In private New Jersey mediation, both parties are voluntary participants who want to be involved in the process.

  • All New Jersey mediations, whether private or court-ordered, take place in a setting that is confidential. This ensures that the settlement discussions and negotiated positions disclosed by each party are never disclosed to the judge, courtroom, or court documents. Therefore, both parties can offer reasonable settlement terms without fear that a judge will discover their “over-generosity” or “under-generosity” if a settlement is not reached during mediation.

  • The professional mediator’s role in both private and court-ordered mediation in New Jersey is to remain neutral and to have no vested interest in either party’s position. After gaining a comprehension of both parties’ positions, the New Jersey mediator will facilitate a reasonable agreement between them.

  • Non-binding; no agreement reached during the mediation session is initially subject to enforcement until both parties sign the final settlement contract.

  • During a mediation session, the mediator’s objective is to assist the parties in collaborating to reach an amicable resolution that meets their and their family’s requirements. When couples resolve their own conflict through mediation, the tension between the parties tends to decrease, which helps preserve relationships, strengthens co-parenting, and increases the likelihood of agreement compliance.

  • Whether you are contemplating a divorce in New Jersey or are involved in a complex family dispute, family law mediation is frequently the most cost-effective, efficient, and amicable method to resolve your issues.

A Trustworthy Divorce Mediator to Assist You

Tanya L. Freeman, Attorney at Law, assists all parties in understanding the problem thoroughly and working together to create a reasonable, just, and lasting resolution. She will take the time to discuss your issue with you rather than pressing you to accept a solution you are uncomfortable with. You have the right to prompt, professional mediation services from a trustworthy person. Contact Tanya L. Freeman, Attorney At Law, right away to find out more about the mediation services she provides.

Interested in Knowing More About Divorce Mediation?
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Tanya L. Freeman, Attorney At Law
100 Eagle Rock Avenue, Suite 105
East Hanover, New Jersey 07936
(973) 939-0100