Senior Mediator

Senior MediatorThis mediator has at least 100 hours of mediation training, 500 hours of mediation experience, agrees to take part in at least 12 hours per year of continuing mediation education, and subscribes to Mediate.com's required standards of mediation practice.Featured MemberCertified Mediator

Bruce Matez

Peaceful resolution is my primary goal! I have practiced divorce and family law for over 30 years and have been mediating divorce and family law matters for over 25 years. Early in my career, I recognized that the judicial system is not an appropriate forum for resolution of most divorce and family law disputes; these are personal, rather than legal disputes. The court system fosters hatred, anger, animosity, lack of communication, and a lack of trust between divorcing couples and those involved in other family law disputes; it destroys families.

I now devote 100% of my practice to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) including but not limited to mediation, arbitration, and Collaborative Divorce. In addition to my mediation practice both privately and as a court appointed mediator, I have been appointed by colleagues and judges to serve as a Parenting Coordinator, Guardian ad Litem, Binding Arbitrator, and Blue Ribbon Panelist.

I have mediated over 1500 cases involving all different types of family law issues including but not limited to divorce, pre-divorce (pendente lite) issues, post-divorce disputes, custody and parenting time, college expenses, modification of alimony or child support, termination of alimony, emancipation, grandparent visitation, and all other family law issues. I have been appointed as a Post MESP Mandatory Economic Mediator in 100s of matters by the court and colleagues.


Bruce has been practicing divorce and family law for over thirty years primarily in Camden, Gloucester and Burlington Counties.

He is currently the President of the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM). He has served on the Family Law Executive Committee (FLEC) of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) and participates on the Family Law Committees of the Burlington, Camden and Gloucester County Bar Associations. He has spoken at continuing legal education programs on a variety of family law topics including mediation and collaborative divorce.

ADR Experience

Bruce has been mediating divorce, post-divorce, and other family law matters for over 25 years. He has mediated well over 1500 cases. He is a trained Collaborative Law professional and has been representing clients who choose the collaborative process for over 10 years. He also has training and experience as a Parenting Coordinator and Arbitrator, and serves as a Blue Ribbon Early Settlement Panelist.

Approach

Peacemaking is my primary goal. I want my clients to live happy and peaceful lives post-divorce or after other family law disputes are resolved. Divorce and family law disputes can impact more than just the divorcing couple, the disputing parents, or the other disputants; it impacts children, grandchildren (current and future), extended family, friends, new significant others and their families, teachers, coaches, and so many more.

Education

B.A.-University of Maryland, College Park (1986)
J.D.-Villanova University School of Law (1989)

Areas Of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Adult Family
  • Civil Union Dissolution
  • Congregational
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • General
  • LGBTQ
  • Marital Mediation
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Online Family/Divorce
  • Online Mediation
  • Parent-Teen
  • Partnership
  • Pet Mediation
  • Prenuptial

Additional Services

  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Online Arbitrator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Representational Lawyer

Fees and Provisos

$400 per hour

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • AFCC - Assoc. of Family & Conciliation Courts
  • NJAPM - NJ Assoc. of Profes. Mediators
  • IACP - International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • APFM - Acad. of Professional Family Mediators

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