New York Divorce Mediation
New York Divorce Mediation is an alternative to litigation that can be less contentious and expensive. 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. Contact our experienced New York divorce attorneys if you are in need of knowledgeable mediation.
New York Divorce Mediation | Definition
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.
New York Divorce Mediation | Role of a Mediator
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.
Retaining independent attorneys can increase your upfront costs, but often ensures that your mediated agreement does not fall apart afterwards. Many couples who work without attorneys make it all the way through the divorce mediation process, only to discover that the mediated agreement doesn’t protect some area of their rights. At that point they hire an attorney and have to start all over in court.
New York Divorce Mediation | Contact Our Office
If you have questions about mediation for a Saratoga County lawyer, call Jean M. Mahserjian, Esq., P.C. at(888) 919-1380. We will be happy to schedule an initial appointment at our Clifton Park office. You can also schedule an appointment by contacting us online.