Somerset County Family Law Mediators
Focused on Resolving Disputes Amicably
Not all family law issues have to result in bitter disputes at trial. In most situations, mediation provides a more flexible and affordable way to reach an effective resolution that satisfies all parties involved.
At Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP, we are dedicated to employing mediation, as well as other methods of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), as a way to resolve issues in a divorce. Whatever issues arise in your case, our Somerset County family law mediators are prepared to work to resolve the disputes in a cooperative forum.
The Mediation Process
In mediation, a trained neutral professional meets with two or more parties to facilitate the resolution of their issues. Unlike arbitration, the neutral party does not decide the issues and the end result is nonbinding until it is incorporated into a written agreement and signed by the parties.
When serving as mediators, our lawyers assist couples to reach mutually acceptable agreements and may bring in experts – such as business valuation experts, accountants, and custody experts – to address specific issues. While Mediators can educate people as to the law and how issues are often resolved, they do not provide therapy, and they do not provide legal advice to clients or otherwise serve in any partisan capacity. Parties can choose to participate in mediation with or without legal counsel. However, when legal questions arise, for which the parties should obtain legal advice, we encourage our mediation clients to obtain legal advice from their own lawyers. We act as mediators, both privately and in court-mandated programs.
When our attorneys represent individual clients, in many instances we encourage them to attend mediation. When they do, our role is to assist them by providing legal advice throughout the process, reviewing the agreements reached in the mediation, and sometimes accompanying them to mediation sessions. The extent of our involvement is always determined with the client, based on the client’s needs.
The Experience & Qualifications You Are Seeking
At Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP, our lawyers are regarded as leaders in the field of New Jersey family law mediation. Firm partners Amy Zylman Shimalla and Amy Wechsler are Accredited Divorce and Family Mediators by the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators. Attorneys Amy Zylman Shimalla and Amy Wechsler train other lawyers and other professionals in the mediation process. In addition, partners Heidi Ann Lepp and Michele D’Onofrio have also completed the required continuing legal education to provide mediation services.
Heidi was consistently patient, transparent, dependable, professional and firm.
In reality, it is only results that count. I could not be happier with the outcome of my case.- Hank
She is a true professional, and she is very kind and patient.- KellyAnn
Our firm’s attorneys have over 110 years of combined legal experience.
Our firm focuses on Family Law and offers a full spectrum of services.
We focus on getting the best result for each of our clients.
We create tailored strategies & solutions based on client needs.