Mediation is growing in popularity for resolving all sorts of business and personal disputes in an out-of-court setting. When a divorcing couple realizes just how expensive a court battle will be, many opt to work out their differences at the mediation table rather than have a judge impose a solution on them. At Adinolfi & Packman, P.A., we are pleased to have retired Judge Joseph P. Testa, J.S.C. on staff, as well as Partner Drew A. Molotsky, Esq. to assist our clients who chose to use mediation to resolve their custody, parenting time, or divorce matter. Judge Testa (Ret) has more than 40 years of Family Law experience including more than a decade on the bench in Family Court in New Jersey. Drew A. Molotsky, Esq. is a N.J. Court Rule 1:40 qualified mediator and a Certified Matrimonial Law attorney with 15 years experience as a Matrimonial Early Settlement Panelist for the Family Court, a former member of the District III-B Attorney Ethics Committee, and 24 years experience as a courtroom litigator.
Mediation is a method of alternative dispute resolution whereby a neutral third party facilitates a mutually acceptable resolution between the parties. The mediator does not make any decisions, but rather serves as a facilitator, allowing the parties to arrive at their own agreement in a non-adversarial environment. The parties decide the terms and fairness of their own agreement with or without independent advice from their attorneys, with the cost of the mediator shared in whatever way the parties themselves believe to be fair.