Divorce Mediation in New York
There are two main options for resolving divorces in New York State: litigation and mediation. Both paths have their own respective uses and formats, but mediation is superior to litigation in the amicability that it offers. More bitter divorces go into litigation, and the spouses are left to argue about every last element of their marriage. Mediation, on the other hand, is crucial to setting new boundaries, ironing out differences, and moving on in life. To learn more about how mediation can benefit you as you begin divorce proceedings, be sure to watch Saratoga County divorce attorney Jean Mahserjian’s video below outlining divorce mediation in New York.
I usually describe divorce mediation in New York as forwards-looking and solution-setting, whereas divorce litigation is backwards-looking and blame-laying. There are numerous mediators in New York State, and they can assist you in obtaining an amicable or less contentious divorce than you can obtain through the litigation process. It is advisable if you speak with an attorney at some point during the process, and preferably early on. The reason for this is that the mediator does not represent either party in the process, and it is impossible for one mediator to sit with two spouses and to give each of them the full range of legal advice that they need to have before they consider their options in the mediation. With that said, you do not need to spend substantial sums on legal assistance when you are going through mediation. You will need an attorney at the conclusion of the mediation process because your paperwork has to be prepared, and it should be prepared by an attorney.
Jean M. Mahserjian, Esq., is a New York family law and divorce attorney in Albany, Saratoga, and the surrounding areas. For more than 20 years, Jean has maintained her capital region law firm, located on Route 9 in Clifton Park, New York. The practice encompasses all areas of family and matrimonial law, an online uncontested divorce service and various areas of estate planning. Contact us today for conscientious, client-directed and cost-effective legal services.