When you file for divorce in New Jersey, you and your spouse must follow the rules of the court but if the parties through a mediator or an attorney that is neutral, the court is more than happy to accept the agreement. The reason why is that the court wants parties to into an agreement that they both had the ability to add or subtract terms in comparison to a trial when most critical things are left out or lost in the back and forth of trial. Working with a lawyer who can mediate or willing to handle the case with a mediator is a great thing. Instead of spending $100,000 on a trial, you can spend $3000-$12,000 with a mediator give or take. So the short answer is YES, you can make an agreement at any time before a Judge issues a ruling. The sooner you are willing to do so, the more money you save and the less stress you have to deal with. If you seek an attorney that is willing to negotiate or try the case, contact us today to discuss your legal situation.