When possible, we use the less painful and far less expensive divorce mediation method, in which my wife Iris, social work partner for mediation, and I help couples work out their agreements quickly so they can get on with their lives. Iris has had many years of experience helping individuals and families.
Having two mediators — one of each gender — often proves helpful in putting the parties at ease and reaching a fair settlement. We approach divorce mediation from a very personal view, looking to the total and individual needs of the clients.
Some more information on divorce mediation from The New York State Council on Divorce Mediation
Mediation is a voluntary, cooperative settlement process in which a neutral professional helps you make practical, informed decisions to resolve your differences. It is used frequently and successfully by separating and divorcing couples who want to plan their futures rationally, in an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual respect. With the guidance of a trained mediator, you work together through a series of orderly steps to create a fair and reasonable agreement. The mediator helps you define the issues to be settled, gather and analyze the necessary information, and communicate effectively.
After evaluating your options, you–and only you–make the decisions that become the agreement. The goal of a successful mediation is to reach an agreement that is custom-made for your family, your finances, and your future. At the conclusion of the mediation process you will have a full and complete Memorandum of Understanding ready to be reviewed and filed by the attorneys of your choice.
The strength of my practice is that it is a very personal practice. I am always available for my clients–days, nights and weekends, will always immediately get back to them, will give them personal attention, and they will work only with me, except for divorce mediation, and you will not have to deal with other associates, paralegals or staff.
My fees are affordable and the initial phone or office consultation is free. I am available, if necessary, days, evenings and weekends. I practice in Rockland, Westchester, Orange and surrounding New York counties.