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What Is Divorce Mediation?

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Divorce mediation is a process in which you and your spouse negotiate the terms of your divorce with the help of a neutral divorce mediator. The end result of the process is a separation agreement which outlines the future of your lives apart while addressing all the relevant issues such as joint properties, children, alimony etc.

The mediation process allows couples to maintain full control over their separation process without the risk of it deteriorating into a painful and costly legal battle. 

Divorce is rarely easy, yet it doesn't have to be dreadful or traumatic. With the help of a divorce mediator, you and your spouse can go through a smooth, quick, non-traumatic and affordable divorce.

 

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Why Should You Choose Divorce Mediation?

    • Non-traumatic, dignified approach to end your marriage - Avoid ugly legal battles and get on with your life with less emotional hardships for you and your children (if you have any).
    • Stay in control over your future - The final divorce agreement must be accepted by both of you without anyone dictating its terms. Unlike taking your case into court, it is not up to a judge to decide what will your future looks like, but up to you.
    • Quicker divorce - It usually takes between 4-8 sessions to finalize your divorce agreement. The length of the process is entirely up to you and your spouse and your ability to reach an agreement.

    • Affordable divorce - There is no need for each of you to hire an attorney that will bill you by the hour. You will work with one attorney (divorce mediator) who has the same interest as you - reaching a mutual agreement.

    • Better for your children - Spare your kids the long legal battles. Remember, even after the divorce you will have to function as parents. Divorce mediation will help you establish working relationships that are crucial for the future of your children.
    • Economic sense - Just because you are getting divorced doesn't mean you don't have mutual interests. When working together you can make smart financial decisions that will ensure that your losses will be kept to a minimum. 

 

What Is the End Result of Divorce Mediation and is it legally binding?

The end product of your divorce mediation process is your divorce agreement - a legal, collaborative document which outlines all aspects of your separation and clearly states the terms you and your spouse have agreed upon. 

After signing your divorce agreement it will be submitted to the court together with a set of uncontested divorce papers. After the court will process and approve the uncontested divorce papers, a judgment of divorce will be issued.  

 

Your divorce agreement will address the following issues:

  • Division of joint assets - You and your spouse will each prepare a list of all assets you acquired as a married couple, and all assets acquired by each of you before your union. Our divorce mediator will help you reach an agreement that is acceptable to both of you and reflects an equal and fair division of your assets.
  • Alimony - Alimony is called rehabilitative maintenance and is designed to help the lower-income spouse become self-supporting. Alimony is negotiable and, in mediation, must be an arrangement you are both comfortable with before it will be reflected in your divorce agreement
    Our experienced mediators will provide you with insight regarding the common practice in similar cases but it will be entirely up to the two of you to decide if and what kind of spousal maintenance will be paid/received. 
  • Child Custody - Together we will design a parenting plan. For your child’s optimal development it is important that you both continue to play an active parental role. Your parenting plan can be as specific or as flexible as you like and will be something you both agree on together.
  • Child Support - Child support payments are usually determined using the detailed guidelines specified by each state, but can be negotiated by the two of you. In New York, basic child support covers food, shelter, clothing and miscellaneous expenses.  In addition to basic child support, parents divide the costs of  medical expenses, child-care costs incurred because you and your ex are working, and education. After establishing your parenting plan and child custody arrangement, using the New York guidelines we will calculate the child support payments for your particular situation. The final payment amount decided will be one which you and your spouse agree on.

How Long Does Divorce Mediation Takes?

It usually takes between 4-8 sessions to finalize your divorce agreement. The average is usually somewhere around 8 hours (4 to 6 meeting sessions). In comparison, divorce litigation files can sometimes take years to be completed.

The length of time required to reach a separation agreement through divorce mediation will vary depending on the complexity of your case and your ability to communicate.

Knowing very well that separation from your spouse is painful enough, the last thing you want to do is drag the process out for years to come, putting yourself through unnecessary pain and suffering.

 

Why Choose Us as Your Divorce Mediators?

All of our associates are qualified attorneys in addition to being experienced divorce mediators. Being one of the first divorce mediation services in the country, we helped many couples all across the greater New York area to end their marriages in a civilized and non-traumatic way.

 

Our New York divorce mediation service aims to minimize the emotional trauma and the economic burden of divorce. We are here to help you start a new chapter in your life.

The divorce agreement we will produce together will only be complete once you and your spouse are contented with all of the specifics.

 

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