Going through a divorce can be a traumatic and overwhelming experience. It places stress on your relationships with family and friends, disrupts often long established routines, and can lead to emotional issues such as depression. And this is without considering the often complicated legal questions that must be addressed before a divorce can be finalized.
One option many couples turn to is mediation. Under New York state law, it is possible to get an uncontested divorce, in which both parties meet the following criteria:
• Want to get a divorce
• Agree about what will happen with your children, your finances, and your property after the divorce
There are many benefits to an uncontested divorce. It is cheaper, faster, and, in most cases, less emotionally taxing. It allows a couple to move on in a mutually agreeable manner. But even if both spouses desire an uncontested divorce, that doesn’t mean they will agree on everything. There could still be disputes over how to divide the finances and property and other details.
This is where mediation comes in. The mediation process involves both spouses meeting with an experienced mediator to identify the legal issues involved and develop mutually agreeable terms of a settlement. The mediator will advise a couple about the relevant law and work to resolve any unresolved custody, child support, maintenance, and property issues.
Financial issues such as child support and maintenance, while governed by guidelines, can be quite complicated. An experienced mediator will be able to explain New York divorce law to both parties in plain language, and help you arrive at a resolution based on what is fair to all parties involved.
It is crucial to note that a mediator’s role is neutral. They are there to help steer a couple to an agreement, and while they will not favor one side over the other, it may mean that a spouse misses out on something he or she might otherwise be entitled to. A mediator does not take the place of a lawyer who can review your case and be your advocate during the divorce process.
Mediation is a good option for many couples going through a divorce. The Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow have helped countless couples mediate their issues successfully, without the parties having to endure the cost and emotional upheaval of a litigated divorce. Call us today for a free consultation to find out if mediation is right for you. We can be reached at (516) 227-5353.