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Divorce Mediation: Divorce Settlements without Courtroom Litigation

Divorce MediationDissolving a marriage through divorce is difficult enough emotionally before you even consider the fear of what can happen to your children and your financial security. While litigation is at times unavoidable, it is always preferable to resolve matters amicably, and mediation is an effective tool used at Skoloff & Wolfe to help our divorce clients resolve their matter. As part of our representation of divorcing spouses, we frequently work with our clients to select an appropriate mediator and represent them throughout the mediation.

Skoloff & Wolfe is also proud to provide mediation services for divorcing couples represented by other law firms. Hon. David J. Issenman, JSC (ret.), served for 20 years on the bench in the New Jersey Superior Court Family Division. He now provides mediation, arbitration and discovery master services for couples divorcing in New Jersey. He uses his vast expertise from the bench to help divorcing couples find compromise and resolutions to their dispute. He is also a valuable resource for clients of our firm and regularly works together with our lawyers providing insight, guidance and counsel to our clients.

Mediation Allows You More Participation in Your Divorce Settlement

When working with a divorce mediator at Skoloff & Wolfe, you will have the opportunity to problem solve property, spousal support, child support and custody issues, and design an agreement that works better for you and your children.

Divorce Mediation is Easier, Faster, and Less Expensive

Bringing a divorce to trial is a time-consuming and expensive undertaking that requires substantial legal work and preparation. There are exhibits to be gathered and marked, witnesses to be prepared, trial binders to be prepared, and legal briefs that need to be written. Cost savings are another reason why choosing divorce mediation can be highly preferable to litigating your divorce in a courtroom.

Mediation Gives You More Control over the Divorce Outcome

Sometimes litigation cannot be avoided due to circumstances. For example, the divorce attorneys at Skoloff & Wolfe excel in representing high net worth individuals and/or their spouses in matters of divorce and litigation, assuring our clients the best outcome possible for their lives moving forward.

In situations where litigation can be avoided, mediation can be the preferred platform for both sides to discuss their issues and concerns while hashing out an agreement that is more equitable to each person and their children. At Skoloff & Wolfe, our skilled divorce mediators can help you structure a divorce settlement that takes into account your current situation.

Divorce Mediation Reduces the Stress of Divorce Settlements
Child Custody

Every family situation is different, and every child deserves their needs to be met. Child custody is frequently the most gut-wrenching part of any divorce proceeding. Working with a mediator can help you arrive at a decision that is best suited to your own lives as well as the lives and happiness of your children.

Business Valuations

Divorce mediation allows more time for discussion of complicated business matters and their impact on both parties and on the terms of the divorce settlement. Working with an experienced mediator, the parties and their experts can arrive at a comprehensive and equitable outcome of business valuation and other complicated financial issues to resolve your case.

Spousal Support

Not every case has a one-size fits all approach to support. Mediation can provide the parties, their counsel and experts the opportunity to create and craft alimony solutions that are more flexible than a rigid approach that would be taken in a court setting. The goal of resolution will be to address the issues of concern for both spouses and ideally arrive at an agreement that suits the needs of your case and family.

Division of Assets and Debt

A divorce mediator is able to take a more thoughtful approach to the division of marital assets and debts. Whether it’s inheritances, credit card debt, property, retirement accounts or other debt and assets, mediation offers a more customized method of sorting out financial obligations and resources.

Is Divorce Mediation the Right Approach for Your Divorce?

Working with a divorce mediator like Judge Issenman means you get his undivided attention, which is the real value of mediation. You are given as much time as you need to discuss your situation, and if you’re willing to negotiate in good faith, you may avoid hours of stress and heartache in the courtroom. To discuss divorce mediation with a Skoloff & Wolfe family law attorney, please call (973) 992-0900.

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Jonathan W. Wolfe

Jon, the Managing Partner of the firm's family law and litigation practices, focuses on sophisticated business litigation and significant matrimonial disputes. A major portion of his practice is devoted to business valuation, the treatment of trust assets in divorce and the protection of non-marital assets.

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Gary N. Skoloff

Gary is one of the founders of Skoloff & Wolfe, PC and is a nationally recognized family law practitioner. He has argued many of the leading and most high-profile matrimonial cases in the state, including the well-known surrogate mother case of Baby M.

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Jane J. Felton

Jane has an extensive litigation background and has a love for “hard cases,” particularly those involving complex business interests, trust assets in dispute, and cases that raise unsettled questions of law.

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Rachel L. Friedman

Rachel L. Friedman joined Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C. as an associate in 2019. Rachel is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and has focused her practice on family law matters.

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Kimber L. Gallo

Kimber understands that a divorce can be one of the most difficult experiences for a person to go through and is committed to ensuring that she helps her clients navigate the entire process from start to finish.

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Richard F. Iglar

Rick devotes his career to the practice of family law including divorce, custody, child support, alimony, domestic violence. His philosophy has always been to resolve every family law case with the priority on the client’s goals and the client’s financial and psychological needs.

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Beatrice E. Kandell

Bea is a true counselor to her clients, working with them to understand the issues they confront and to identify their best path forward to achieve their goals.

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Andrew J. Rhein

Andrew Rhein joined Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C. as an associate in September 2019. Since graduating from law school, Andrew has focused his practice on family and matrimonial law matters.

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Richard H. Singer, Jr.

Richard has represented a broad spectrum of individuals and has been involved in many complex financial disputes in the divorce context, including matters involving business owners, high-ranking executives, professional athletes and other celebrities.

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Barbara A. Schweiger

Barbara has solid experience in representing clients in the financial services, accounting, architecture, medicine, manufacturing, bio-tech, and pharmaceutical industries.

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Betsy W. Bresnick

Betsy handles all aspects of family law, including child custody, equitable distribution, alimony, protection of non-marital assets, and the preparation and litigation concerning prenuptial agreements.

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Hon. David J. Issenman, JSC (ret.)

Judge Issenman, who served on the Bench from 1992 through 2012, retired as New Jersey’s longest sitting Family Division Judge. Judge Issenman heads the firm's mediation and arbitration practice.

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Thomas J. DeCataldo

Tom focuses his practice on the area of family law and has handled a wide range of family matters impacting divorcing parties and their families. Mr. DeCataldo has successfully represented clients from all walks of life.

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Grant W. Waterson

Grant has devoted his professional practice to all areas of family law, including divorce, custody, child support, alimony, property division, premarital agreements and domestic violence.

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Allison P. Berecz

Allison has experience in all areas of family law but particularly with respect to challenging custody and parenting issues and complex financial matters, both in the areas of support and in the division of marital estates.

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Patrick T. Collins

Patrick is one of only four attorneys in New Jersey to have been qualified by the Supreme Court as both a Certified Civil trial attorney and a Certified Matrimonial Attorney.

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