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New Jersey Considering Mediation before Allowing Divorce

Posted by Elise Buie | Aug 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

We've talked about how some states are requiring couples to attend sessions that explain the effects of divorce, but New Jersey may be taking it to a whole new level. They may require divorcing couples to go through mediation sessions first before they can legally divorce. Mediators says it saves the cost of divorce, but others see it as a legal hoop they have to jump through.

It is tough to say whether mediation before divorce is better. If a couple is already okay with the idea of splitting up, it may seem like an unnecessary step. In many cases, a collaborative divorce is better. Collaborative divorce can help couples deal with both the emotional side and the financial side of divorce with the help of experts. If both parties can come to an agreement, it can be much cheaper than a traditional divorce.

At Elise Buie Family Law Group, PLLC, we prefer to guide our clients to a divorce settlement that is fair and fast, but we are not afraid to fight in the courtroom if necessary. To learn more about our practice, or to view some recommended resources about marriage and divorce, read our website. Our practice serves citizens of the State of Washington, and our offices are based in the Seattle area.

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Elise Buie

Passionate, creative, problem-solving attorney who crafts solutions rather than obstacles. Elise spends significant time educating her clients on healthy communication skills. Elise also ensures that her clients make informed decisions by understanding the future emotional and financial implications of their decisions. Your family's future is our first priority. Elise teaches her clients new skills to empower them in the future as they adjust to the new family structure. While divorce ends a marriage, it is the beginning of your new, often times, more authentic life. Elise will help you begin that new life with new skills to handle any future challenges.


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