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  • Allison Roberts

Mediation in Family Cases

Updated: May 19, 2023

Mediation has become an essential part of our judicial system. I have utilized mediation with great success as an advocate for my clients and I am now eager to act as a mediator to help bring matters to resolution. I have been added to the Court Roster of Mediators for Family Law Cases. It is professionally and personally satisfying to help the parties and their attorneys to arrive at the point where they have resolved issues. The 40 hours of training and an additional 5 hours of mentoring have rounded out my training and experience with mediation and have elevated my offerings in this pivotal area of Family Law.

Mediation: Efficient and Becoming More Popular

Presently, mediation is especially helpful and becoming more common because it continues to be difficult to secure trial time. There is a tremendous backlog of matters in Court, including the complete halt of trials in Vicinage 13 (Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties). If you are motivated and committed to resolving your matter, mediation is the best alternative.

Mediation is an alternative to traditional litigation. In mediation, we do not rely on or ask a judge to decide issues in your particular case. There is no testimony and no court appearance. Instead, the two parties (often with their attorneys) come to an agreement with the assistance of the neutral mediator. All discussions in mediation are confidential and non-binding until all the terms are officially written into a comprehensive agreement, accepted by both parties, and the written agreement is signed.

The Role of a Mediator

As the mediator, I am here not to pronounce who is right or who is wrong; I am here to guide both parties during the decision-making process, based on my detailed understanding and practical experience with the law. A mediator has a formal obligation to both parties to remain neutral. As the saying goes, as a mediator, I “have no dog in the fight".

The role of the mediator is to empower the parties to reach an agreement that works for both parties. No agreement is perfect, that is the nature of compromise, but there is a significant value (financial and emotional) to self-determination. Mediation gives the parties and the attorneys the freedom to be creative. There is hardly a case that won’t benefit from mediation at some point, whether it is before either party files a Complaint for Divorce or as a court hearing approaches, mediation can be utilized as a tool to avoid going to court.

If you have any questions, we are here to answer them. Please contact us at or call 908-237-3098.

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