Nassau County Divorce Mediation Lawyer
Divorce does not have to be a drawn out, costly battle for you and your spouse. If you are both willing to work with one another to resolve your divorce issues, then you should look to mediation as an alternative to litigation. It can save you a lot of money and emotional distress in the long run.
At the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC, our experienced New York divorce attorneys have been providing high quality mediation services for clients for many years. If you would like to discuss your divorce and determine whether mediation is right for you, please call us today at (516) 227-5353. We offer free consultations.
Divorce does not have to be a drawn out, costly battle for you and your spouse. If you are both willing to work with one another to resolve your divorce issues, then you should look to mediation as an alternative to litigation.
- What is divorce mediation?
- Is mediation for everyone?
- How are the issues of child custody and visitation handled in mediation?
- How much does mediation typically cost?
- What happens after mediation?
- Is a mediation agreement enforceable?
Q: What is divorce mediation?
A: Unlike litigation, mediation involves a cooperative settlement process in which a neutral party helps both spouses resolve their differences in a practical manner. It is used by separating and divorcing couples who want to avoid the costly and contentious proceedings of a trial divorce and instead work with one another in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
Trained mediators know how to identify all the issues that need to be settled, gather and evaluate all pertinent information, and facilitate communication between spouses.
Q: Is mediation for everyone?
A: No. Some couples find it difficult to discuss their divorce issues in a civil manner because they have deeply rooted resentments against one another. In these cases, it is more appropriate to retain a litigation attorney who is willing to vigorously defend the best interests of his/her client only. Not all mediation attorneys make good trial attorneys, and vice versa.
Q: How are the issues of child custody and visitation handled in mediation?
A: In mediation, terms such as "custody" and "visitation" are dropped and replaced with the more cooperative phrase "parenting arrangements." Rather than determining who is most fit for custody and setting a rigorous visitation schedule, parents compare their schedules and obligations and work together to draw up a flexible arrangement that is convenient for both.
Q: How much does mediation typically cost?
A: The average cost of a litigated divorce is almost always going to be several times higher than the cost of a mediated divorce. Why? The purpose of mediation is to reduce the stress involved in a divorce, not aggravate it. When spouses work together, not against one another, proceedings usually go by much faster and are therefore much less costly. The average total cost of mediation will vary depending upon the level of agreement or disagreement between the spouses, the complexity of the issues involved, and how long it takes for a settlement to be reached.
Q: What happens after mediation?
A: Once the mediation process is completed, the spouses can decide to divorce right away, or seek a legal separation and wait to finalize the divorce until a future date. In either case, usually only one spouse has their divorce papers prepared and served by an attorney.
Q: Is a mediation agreement enforceable?
A: Once both spouses have shared all relevant documents, reached an agreement, and signed a Property Settlement and Separation Agreement, this forms a contract which is valid and enforceable as such. However, since mediation is a cooperative process, enforcement is hardly ever an issue.
Do you want a comprehensive evaluation of your divorce and your best legal options? If so, then contact the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC today. You may call our office at (516) 227-5353 for immediate assistance or submit an online contact form and one of our dedicated staff will get back to you shortly.
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