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Divorce mediation is an agreement reaching process in which a specially trained mediator helps you and your spouse to mutually identify and resolve all issues related to your separation and divorce.

S eparation and divorce is probably the most emotionally complex decision you will make in your lifetime. The mediators at New York Divorce Mediation respect and understand that and want to help you by providing a stable, non-threatening atmosphere throughout the highly emotional separation and divorce process.

Until recently, all matters concerning separation and divorce were handled by separate attorneys representing each spouse, in preparation for litigation. But now, with the assistance of your mediators, you and your spouse will become decision-making partners, rather than opposing parties in the court room. The mediators do not represent either spouse. The mediator’s role, instead, is that of an unbiased, neutral third party who helps you both reach an agreement which is fair and balanced, and one which works for the entire family. Couples who have mediated their separation and divorce have been shown to be more likely to follow the terms of their negotiated agreement, and to be able to maintain a working relationship in the future when there are children.

We will help you and your partner to mutually identify and resolve all issues related to your separation and divorce, including:

  • Division of marital property and debt
  • Child support and spousal support
  • Custody, parenting time, and decision-making for your children
  • Health and life insurance

In addition, we have a network of therapists, attorneys, actuaries, financial planners, accountants, and career counselors for referrals, if needed.

When the mediation has been successfully completed, meaning that ALL issues have been resolved between you and your spouse, the next step in the process is to have an agreement prepared which memorializes all the decisions you have made. This is called a Settlement, or Separation Agreement. Once you have both properly signed your Settlement Agreement in the presence of a Notary, this agreement becomes a binding legal contract which may be filed in Court as the basis of your uncontested divorce. Your Settlement Agreement can be prepared by the Attorney/Mediator, in most circumstances, provided that there are no remaining points of contention between you.