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How do I Choose a Good Mediator?

Posted by Vincent C. DeLuca | Aug 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

When contemplating a divorce a number of decisions need to be made . One of the most important decisions involves how the divorce will be processed . Do the parties wish to proceed by way of litigation which is costly, time consuming, and has solutions imposed on the them or will the parties select divorce mediation which provides for self- determination , controlled costs and overall efficiency . Obviously, most parties if made aware of the above two options would choose the mediation model .
With that being said a difficult question posed is how the parties know that they are selecting the right mediator .
There are a number of ways to ensure that the ultimate selection of a divorce mediator is an appropriate one . The first thing the couple should do is conduct their own due diligence inquiry relative to all potential mediator candidates. The couple should review the qualifications the person has to serve as a mediator . Such questions should be asked as to whether or not the mediator is an attorney and familiar with all of the laws that govern the family courts in the state where the parties reside .
The couple should also inquire as to the mediator's training . Has the mediator been approved by the courts in the state where he or she practices as a mediator? Does the mediator primarily focus his or her practice on divorce mediation ? Does the mediator receive mediation referrals from other attorneys in the area as well as referrals from the local courts in the area?. Does the mediator have a reputation of being fair?. Do the parties know any other couples who have gone through the divorce process and utilized the mediator? If so, does that couple have positive things to say about the mediator and the divorce mediation process . Does the mediator offer a free consultation? Speak with the mediator prior to retaining the mediator . You want to also make sure that you are comfortable with the person who will be mediating your divorce . A good mediator should be open to any questions that are asked , be respectful and be willing to spend time educating the parties about the process .
Mr. Vincent DeLuca Esq., of the Villani and DeLuca law firm has been successfully mediating divorce cases for well over twenty years. Mr. DeLuca does not charge for divorce mediation consults, nor does he request an upfront retainer from parties who are interested in obtaining a divorce through the private mediation process. The law firm of Villani and DeLuca has offices located conveniently throughout Monmouth and Ocean County New Jersey. They have locations in Brick, Red Bank and Point Pleasant. If you are interested in obtaining more information about divorce mediation please call Mr. DeLuca today at (732) 709-7757 .

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Vincent C. DeLuca

Vincent C. DeLuca, a partner of the firm, devotes the entirety of his practice to family law. Vince is a trained divorce mediator and collaborative divorce attorney. Vince is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a matrimonial law attorney. Less than .002% of all practicing attorneys in...


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