Frequently Asked Questions

 

Is mediation private and confidential?

Yes, all of the discussions held in our sessions are informal, neutral, completely private, and confidential. Mediation offers an open forum setting to review options, consider alternatives, and develop solutions without the worry that what you say can be used against you in litigation.


Can we maintain control in the process and direction of our lives?

Yes. A mediator works with both parties in coming to mutual agreements on all issues regarding the settlement. You’ll have control over the future of your family, rather than having life components dictated by an attorney or judge.

Is mediation less costly than litigation?

Yes, mediation is far more affordable than litigation. In additional to being less adversarial in nature, the average divorce in New York State runs in the $15,000-$29,000 range. We offer a simple to manage flat fee service costing only $2,500. Which eliminates any guessing game of how much it will cost in the end and turns out to be less expensive than other mediators billing by the hour. However, there will be additional expenses for legal fees and filing fees that will be part of any mediation process.

Is mediation less stressful than using attorneys?

Yes, mediation offers both parties the power and opportunity to constructively communicate in a focused and respectful environment. Agreements reached during mediation move through the court approval process much faster without the need to ever set foot into a courtroom. You can exercise control over the decisions made; after all, you know what is best for you and your children.

What does a mediator do?

A mediator is a non-biased third party who aids a divorcing couple to work through important issues on their path to a mutual agreement. The role of the mediator is to help you to explore your options in a fair and impartial environment. The mediator will draft an agreement for both parties, outlining a parenting plan, equitable distribution of assets, child support, and spousal maintenance/alimony.

Is mediation easy?

Though there is nothing particularly easy about divorce, mediation empowers both individuals to come to a mutual agreement on your own terms, rather than placing those decisions in the hands of judges or attorneys. Most importantly, divorce mediation allows you to maintain the confidentiality and personal integrity that you and your family deserve.

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