Mediation reduces conflict and costs less than litigation
Mediation is a divorce process that takes place outside of court, under the direction of a mediator.
A mediator is a neutral third party (usually an attorney; sometimes a therapist) who facilitates discussion to resolve the issues of your divorce, such as custody and visitation, support,
and division of property. A mediator is trained in negotiation and can give you and your spouse some information and guidance about the law, but does not represent either spouse individually and cannot give individual legal advice. For divorce mediation to be successful, both spouses must be willing to negotiate in good faith with a fair settlement as the goal. A balance of power between you and your spouse–where you both have knowledge of and are part of making financial decisions–is equally important.
Alternative dispute resolution techniques
Divorce mediation and collaborative divorce have many of the same advantages: They give you, not the court, control over the divorce process and set a respectful tone for your new relationship with your spouse. Avoiding the hostility and paperwork of litigation saves time and legal fees and can protect your children from unnecessary conflict.
Divorce mediation in White Plains, NY
Mary F. Kelly, Esq. is a skilled and experienced mediator who can help you and your spouse resolve disputes in a manner you choose, without court intervention. Call us today at (914) 631-2657 to discuss mediation or collaborative divorce for your divorce.