Enforcing Mediation Agreements
The overwhelming majority of our clients who go to mediation never see a courthouse. They conclude mediation peacefully and successfully. We then are given some paperwork by the mediator. The attorneys prepare the rest of the paperwork. It is all submitted to the court, and the clients never have to go to court.
If you are not able to successfully conclude mediation, you may need a court to resolve the balance of the issues, so you may end up in court. However, if you start in mediation, the likelihood of that process becoming acrimonious is lessened.
How the process actually works:
Though two of the attorneys at Jean M. Mahserjian, Esq., P.C. are certified divorce mediators, we do not mediate divorce issues. However, we do counsel spouses during the mediation process. We engage with our clients in thorough “coaching” sessions, which ensure that you are prepared for your negotiating sessions. We deftly steer you towards “global” solutions, rather than allowing the process to get stalled over minutiae. And, most importantly, we make sure you don’t walk into an ambush unprepared.
A mediator should not provide legal advice to either party, nor can a mediator provide the in-depth individual advice that each party needs to successfully complete the mediation process. But since you are negotiating terms that will greatly impact the future of your home and family, you should have a professional advocate whose job it is to look out for your interests. Our Saratoga County attorneys have had great success “coaching up” clients so they are ready for negotiations and can capably make informed decisions.
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Divorce mediation is an alternative to litigation that can be less expensive and contentious. New York does not require that spouses mediate or arbitrate their divorce or separation issues, but does allow the mediation process to supplement or bypass the litigation system and the state can be enforcing mediation agreements.
New York divorce mediation is a process whereby the parties work with a mediator or mediators who help them reach an agreement. A mediator does not decide matters for the parties or offer an opinion as to what the end result should be. Rather, a mediator outlines issues and helps the parties to arrive at their own resolutions.
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, and an online uncontested divorce service.
Our family law services cover every aspect of divorce at every stage, from contemplation to litigation to enforcing mediation agreements, from settlement to modifications of orders. Jean M. Mahserjian, Esq., P.C. maintains low effective hourly rates for all of our legal services.
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