Divorce Mediation – How It Works

The average cost of divorce mediation in New York City is between ten and fifteen thousand dollars. This cost also includes the costs to obtain an Amicable Divorce Mediation, the recording of the proceedings, and the filing of the complaint and counter-complaint. A competent Amicable Divorce Mediation will be facilitated by licensed attorneys with experience in these complex legal issues.

Mediation is intended to provide both parties with an opportunity to work out an agreement about the details of the divorce. It also provides them with an opportunity to develop a united front and to put aside their differences. Divorce mediation is a court-ordered process that occurs in domestic or family law courts throughout the state. There are usually at least three parties to a divorce mediation, including the divorcing spouses, their attorneys, the representative of the other party, and at least one other neutral third-party individual who serves as a mediator between the parties.

New York has many competent and experienced divorce mediation attorneys available to serve clients. These attorneys have a thorough knowledge of New York divorce laws and procedures. They can help you if you are experiencing difficulty getting an Amicable Divorce Mediation in New York because of finances, custody issues, child custody, other litigation issues, or other concerns. Divorce Mediation in New York can be a highly-efficient and relatively cheap alternative to traditional divorce litigation. Many divorcing couples find it to be a better experience than going to court.

In a traditional divorce litigation process, the attorneys for both parties to try to persuade the judge that their version of the Divorce Mediation is fair, logical, and reasonable. The spouse who desires the divorce will have his/her attorney present at the Divorce Mediation. Once the divorce papers are filed in a New York court, the spouse filing the divorce will not be required by the courts to hire an attorney for the Divorce Mediation. However, he/she may choose an attorney to participate in the meeting if she/he wishes to discuss important issues regarding the divorce such as the division of marital property, alimony, Child Custody, Children, credit, etc..

During the Divorce Mediation, both parties are free to bring their own witnesses and/or experts to testify about any issue that may be important in resolving marital property, child custody, visitation rights, child support, spousal support, etc. This type of “he said, she said” scenario will only work in an organized and peaceful divorce mediation process. Both parties must be able to come to an agreement without the aid of outside sources. There are many issues involved in divorce litigation that will require both parties to present relevant facts to their attorneys. Thus, it is very common for spouses to seek the help of an attorney during the Divorce Mediation.

Divorce Mediation is quicker and much more relaxed than a lengthy court trial. During these Divorce Mediation sessions, each spouse can individually express their wants and needs and the Divorce Mediation judge will consider them as relevant. One benefit of divorce mediation is that you can avoid costly court fees. In addition, divorce mediation is considered in many cases to be less painful and expensive than a lengthy trial. Again, the judge will make his/her decision based on the information that is provided during the Divorce Mediation.

The process of a Divorce Mediation consists of the following: The spouse requesting the Divorce Mediation must contact a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. The marriage and family therapist will provide the other spouse with information about what has been agreed upon between the spouses and any additional information that have come about since the marriage. Once you have agreed upon the details, you and your spouse’s attorney will work out an agreement to facilitate the Divorce Mediation. Once you have signed the agreement, either party can schedule a Divorce Mediation either by yourself or by your spouse and/or a third party.

The purpose of the Divorce Mediation is to assist you through this difficult time and help you learn what needs to be resolved between you and your spouse and what those needs are for you. This is a valuable step in the Divorce Process and allows both parties to come together and communicate their concerns and hopes and fears about ending the marriage. Once you have started the Divorce Mediation process, whether you are by yourself or through your spouse and/or a third party mediator, you may begin the next part of the process by contacting a judge and requesting a Status Conference scheduled for one hour to set up a pre-trial hearing.