Divorce Mediation Attorneys in Long Island NY
Is Divorce Mediation Right for Me?
While not appropriate for every client, mediation is a less stressful and cost-effective alternative to traditional divorce litigation. The mediation process offers clients the opportunity to resolve custody, child support, and property distribution issues without going to court.
Divorce mediation can be a favorable and affordable option for many Long Island couples who are seeking an uncontested divorce. Uncontested divorce means that the couple is able to agree on issues such as maintenance (also known as alimony in some jurisdictions), child support, custody, and the distribution of assets and debts. All that’s really needed for the parties involved to get a final judgment of divorce, is for the lawyers to file the divorce papers with the supreme court.
Mediation lowers the levels of hostility and pain that usually accompany a divorce or separation and is utilized by many married couples on Long Island.
How Does Mediation Work?
The mediation process at Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC involves both spouses meeting with an experienced attorney-mediator. Our mediators work with the couple to identify the legal issues involved, and develop the terms of a settlement that will resolve the issues of asset and debt distribution, child support, maintenance, custody, and visitation. Even though the parties may agree on the broad outlines of how they want to settle their divorce or separation, many issues must be worked through before a settlement or separation agreement is reached that will be in accordance with New York law.
Over a number of sessions, the mediator will advise clients about the relevant law and work to resolve custody, child support, maintenance, and property issues in a timely and mutually beneficial manner. Child support and maintenance, although governed by guidelines, can be complicated financial issues. An experienced mediator can explain New York divorce law to you in plain language, and help you arrive at a resolution based on what is fair to all parties involved.
What is the Next Step Once the Clients Have Reached an Agreement on All Their Issues?
Once an oral agreement is reached by the couple, that agreement must be documented as a formal written divorce or separation agreement. Unlike many mediators, the mediators at our firm are all experienced divorce attorneys. This means that, not only can our mediators help you reach an agreement, they can draft your divorce or separation agreement and ensure that it complies with the laws of New York State.
Some mediators will hand the couple an agreement and leave them on their own. The couple will then have to find a new attorney to file the agreement. As a full service Long Island divorce mediation firm, our attorneys will take the steps necessary for the mediated agreement to be accepted by the court. Once this is done, the couple will be granted their final judgment of divorce and be able move on with their lives.
Please feel free to contact our Long Island offices so we can discuss your legal options, and help you to determine if divorce mediation is in your best interest. The Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC is well respected throughout Nassau County for our strong litigation skills. Our firm is also well-known for providing experienced mediation services for clients who are seeking a divorce or separation in a less contentious fashion.
Frequently Asked Questions About Mediation
- What is the difference between divorce mediation and divorce arbitration?
- What is the difference between divorce mediation and divorce litigation?
- What’s the difference between separation and divorce?
- Will I need an attorney if my partner and I choose mediation?
- Is divorce mediation confidential?
- Does the mediator meet with both parties separately or together?
Divorce or separation is a big step for you and your partner, and it is wise for both parties to be well informed before they make any final decisions. Following are some divorce mediation questions our clients often ask.
Q: What is the difference between divorce mediation and divorce arbitration?
A: While both mediation and arbitration involve a neutral, third party, there is one major difference. A mediator will help the couple communicate, advise them of appropriate legal issues, and make suggestions, but has no power to make decisions for them. An arbitrator, on the other hand, is much more like a judge. An arbitrator will listen to arguments and consider evidence from both parties, then decide on a settlement for the couple.
Q: What is the difference between divorce mediation and divorce litigation?
A: Mediation is a cooperative process in which the couple has complete control of the outcome. Litigation is a much more adversarial process where each partner hires an attorney to present their case in court. A judge or jury will reach a verdict in the case and neither party has much, if any, control over the outcome. Litigation tends to be a drawn out and costly process.
Q: What’s the difference between separation and divorce?
A: Divorce is the official ending of a marriage and requires an official decree of divorce by the courts. Separation is an agreement to live separately while the couple works to save their marriage or begins the process of getting a divorce. A divorce involves resolving many issues, such as child custody, finances, health care, division of assets and debts, etc. Many couples choose to separate while these issues are worked out. However, neither parties are legally allowed to remarry unless they are officially divorced.
Q: Will I need an attorney if my partner and I choose mediation?
Q: Is divorce mediation confidential?
Q: Does the mediator meet with both parties separately or together?
A: That is up to the couple and the mediator. Some mediators act more as a go-between, while others like to have joint meetings where they can discuss issues face to face.
Contact Us Today
Divorce and separation are both difficult times for couples and their families. Finding a compassionate and understanding Long Island mediator can make these difficult times less painful for all involved. To begin your mediation process, call the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC for a free, confidential, consultation. We can be reached at (516) 227-5353.
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