A lack of Judges in New Jersey is a hot topic in the news and in the courthouse. The vacancies and the resulting backlog means there are fewer Judges available for family law matters, which may have an impact on the rate at which your divorce matter progresses. In some counties, trials have even been suspended. Bergen County continues to move divorce matters efficiently and without tremendous delay, however the strain on the system as a result of the backlog is now reaching endemic levels. But there are ways to control your divorce! Tools that I employ, and encourage my clients to employ to mitigate these issues include:
- Good faith and fair dealing must be at the forefront. Appreciate the cost, both financially and from a time perspective, that an unreasonable position will have on you and your family.
- Begin with agreement. Start your matter in a positive way by breaking the ice with peace and brokering an accord, even in a small way. It will set the tone for the rest of your matter.
- Be solution oriented and share proposals early. The vacancies and backlog do not mean that your matter should stagnate.
- Explore alternate dispute resolution alternatives early such as hiring a mediator or arbitrator. Financial and other experts retained jointly also can be helpful in striking a balance.
Parties who work in good faith towards the common goal of finality will feel little ripple effect from the Judicial vacancies plaguing New Jersey. The team at Corcoran Family Law is prepared to navigate this process with you.