Divorce Mediation in New York
Staten Island Divorce Attorney A. Sheralynn Dow
I understand that filling for a divorce is not an easy thing to do. Whether you are in agreement to separate or not, a divorcing couple may carry immense stress due to the complexities that are involved with the process of divorce and the effects it can have on the family. In the event that the couple also has children, determining what decisions are in the best interests of the children can often add another level of complication.
Why Choose Divorce Mediation?
- Put simply: Mediation is often faster, cheaper, and far less stressful than litigation.
Divorce mediation is intended to act as a means of protection for families during the time of a divorce. It provides the platform for families to work through the divorce settlement without the stress and heartache of litigation and heated courtroom battles.
While many assume that painful court proceedings are the only way to work out a solution to an irreparable marriage, this is simply not true, both for cases that do not involve children and for those that do. Parents often know that their divorce will affect their children and will therefore seek to do whatever they can to make the split as pain-free as possible. Mediation may allow you and your spouse to protect your kids from excess emotional trauma during your divorce.
How Can We Reach a Reasonable Compromise in Divorce?
The objective of mediation is simple: to reach a compromising agreement between two spouses who are filing for a divorce.
There are three common goals that will then fall under this understanding of mediation which are:
- To avoid the painful and pricey process of court litigation;
- To reduce the tension and hostility between the couples as much as possible;
- And to establish an agreement that is acceptable by both parties and is legally binding.
Mediation is a means of allowing a couple to divorce within the realms of these three goals listed above. Together, they will sit down with a mediator (or a non-biased third party) and work through the details of the divorce settlement. It is encouraged that each spouse still has their personal divorce attorney present for guidance in these big legal decisions.
The role of the mediator is to help the couples address all issues of the divorce including property division, child custody, child support, alimony, and the like, and to reach an agreement that both can live with.
Why Choose Divorce Mediation?
The rate of divorces today is not something unheard of, in fact nearly half of all marriages in America are ending in a divorce at one point or another. Not only that, but far too many couples are feeling overwhelmed and frustrated with the many costs that are associated with a divorce in the court room. By choosing to work with me, you can rest assured that a reasonable settlement can be reached. I understand how difficult a divorce can be, and by choosing mediation, it may offer you and your spouse the chance to have the uncontested divorce you were hoping for.
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Divorce mediation is a reliable solution for divorce for a number of couples who want to keep the conflict to a minimum. Mediation, however, may not be for everyone. There may be some couples who realize they are unable to reach an agreement (contested divorce) through mediation, or simply would rather have the judge decide on their case. If this is the case, I am equipped to represent your legal needs regardless of the circumstances. I am prepared to advocate on your behalf during your divorce, protecting your rights and the wellbeing of your children.
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Where Can I File My Divorce Paper Work?If you are currently engaged in an uncontested divorce then you can file your divorce papers at the County Clerk’s Office, or online using the New York State Courts Electronic Filing System. However, many times this isn’t the case and you need an attorney that will guide you through your divorce. Contact my firm today for more information.
What Are Grounds for Divorce in the State of New York?In New York any of the following reason will qualify you for a divorce: complete marital division (no-fault divorce) for a period of at least 6 months, abuse, abandonment, prison time, cheating, or a period of legal separation.
Why Aren’t My Strategy Sessions Free of Charge?Nationwide, many attorneys offer free case consultations, but when you enter the office you are not given a consultation of your rights and your options. That is why at my law office you will not be met with unfulfilled promises. During one of my case strategy meetings, I can guide you through your entire case and outline your options if you decide to pursue legal action with my firm. With my experience, skills, and knowledge you can rest assured that your case will be treated with care.