Divorce is often acrimonious, and this is partially due to the nature of litigation. The court system is designed to be adversarial. But in recent decades, a new divorce model has emerged — one that tends to be faster, less expensive and far less stressful: mediation.
If you and your spouse are able to discuss and negotiate the terms of your dissolution, divorce mediation may be right for you. With the guidance of your respective attorneys and a neutral mediator, you can work out nearly every detail of your divorce, including property division, child custody, child support and spousal support.
Additional Benefits Of Mediation
In addition to saving time, money and stress, mediation:
- Gives each spouse more control over the outcome of the divorce
- Allows parents to craft a detailed and customized parenting plan that truly works for their family
- Usually results in more peaceful child custody negotiation, protecting the kids from witnessing harmful anger and fighting between parents
- Allows parents to start a co-parenting relationship on amicable terms, making future success more likely
- Eliminates the need to appear in court
What If Mediation Fails Or Is Not An Option?
Mediation is not appropriate or possible for every divorce. It only works if both spouses are willing to negotiate in good faith. For this reason, it usually isn’t an option in cases involving domestic violence/abuse or cases in which one spouse refuses to fully disclose financial information.
Additionally, if you begin with mediation but are unable to reach an agreement, you can switch to a traditional litigated divorce instead. This outcome is somewhat rare, however.
Contact Us To Discuss Mediation With An Experienced Family Lawyer Today
Located in White Plains, the Law Office of Nicholas P. Barone serves clients throughout Westchester County and surrounding New York areas. To learn more about what we can do for you, call us at 914-683-8200, or send us an email.