The program for economic mediation is in place in all counties. The emphasis of the program is to resolve the economic issues in the case, such as equitable distribution of marital property and support.
Cases are referred by the court to mediation if the case is not settled after the Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel (MESP) is held. However, the parties may request and be referred to mediation at any time prior to the MESP.
Some benefits of mediation include confidentiality of the proceedings, and the opportunity for the parties to create their own mutually acceptable agreement and take an active role in resolving their own disputes. Additionally, and in most instances, mediation saves the parties time and money.
The mediators on the rosters include both attorney-mediators who focus substantially on family law and other experienced professionals in the financial or mental health fields. All mediators on the roster have completed 40 hours of mediation training. Under Court Rule 1:40- 4(b) the mediator contributes the first two hours, including preparation time, at no cost to the parties.
Should you wish to obtain further information, including a brochure on the program, please contact the family Division in one of the counties or the Administrative Office of the Courts, family Practice Division, P.O. Box 983, Trenton, NJ 08625, Phone: 609-815-2900 ext.55350.