Virginia Maroulakos Rucinski, Esq., APM
Accredited Professional Mediator (APM), by New Jersey Association of Professional Mediatorswww.newjerseymediation.com
Mediation can help couples and families save on finances and emotions, and leave conflict behind. This Blog is dedicated to providing helpful information so you can decide if mediation in divorce is right for you. Please feel welcome to fill out the Contact form to request further information.
Virginia Maroulakos Rucinski, Esq., APM. Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., 401 Route 70 East, Cherry Hill, NJ. A South Jersey full-service law firm.
March 2017. Mediation is a process in which a mediator helps parties settle their case, so they will not need to have a judge make decisions for them. Mediation is just one form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). (Other forms of ADR include arbitration and collaboration.)
This article will focus on divorce and family mediation. Divorce mediation, simply put, is an opportunity for you and your spouse (or partner) to agree on your issues, settle your case, finalize your divorce, and put the legal conflict behind you.
April 2017. Everyone has a different level of organization, and a different sense of need to be prepared. Some people start mediation with little, or no, prior preparation, and learn what they need along the way. Other people would not dream of starting the process without being prepared.
Regardless of which category you may fall into, or if you are somewhere in between, this article provides some helpful suggestions for preparation.
August 2017. When discussing alimony in divorce mediation, there are situations in which both parties agree to waive alimony. In other situations, more indepth discussions about alimony are appropriate. If alimony is an issue in mediation, the questions usually turn to: What type of alimony? How much? For how long?
New Jersey Alimony, maintenance, statute. N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23(10)b., provides, in part, “In all actions brought for divorce, dissolution of a civil union, divorce from bed and board, legal separation from a partner in a civil union couple or nullity the court may award one or more of the following types of alimony: open durational alimony; rehabilitative alimony; limited duration alimony or reimbursement alimony to either party...”
October 2017. I am happy to announce that, in September 2017, I joined Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., bringing more than 23 years of Family Law experience - providing Divorce and Family Law Mediation Services, and Family Law representation. Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C.
Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., is now offering family and divorce mediation services designed to help separating and divorcing families reach amicable resolutions of all issues of concern, helping couples and families leave conflict behind. Virginia Maroulakos Rucinski, Esq., APM is a licensed attorney (NJ, NY and PA) and an Accredited Professional Mediator, with more than 20 years of mediation experience.
November 2017. Mediation and Arbitration are both processes that aim to help parties involved in a lawsuit, or potential litigation, resolve their disputes. Both are considered forms of Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR). However, Mediation and Arbitration differ in the type of processes they use – and ultimately, who makes the decision on how the matter may be resolved.
Arbitration is like a court process, but instead of presenting your case to a judge, the case is presented to an arbitrator. The parties still provide testimony and give evidence. While the process of arbitration may be less formal than a trial, the parties are still looking to a third party to make the decision. (Whether the arbitration is binding or non-binding is not a part of this article.)
Mediation, on the other hand, is a process in which the parties ultimately make their own decisions. The parties negotiate, or discuss, their issues, and their concerns, with the assistance of a third-party neutral – the mediator. The mediator works with the parties to help them find a mutually satisfactory resolution of their issues. A resolution is not reached unless all sides agree.