Choosing a Long Island Divorce Mediator
Mediation is a less painful and less costly alternative to the traditional divorce process. Carl F. Wand, Esq., senior partner and founder of Wand & Goody, LLP, helped pioneer mediation on Long Island. While not necessarily suitable for everyone, mediation can greatly reduce the stress, frustration, and pain that typically occur during divorce.
How is mediation different from traditional divorce?
There are two types of divorce: contested and uncontested. The majority of couples end their marriage and/or end a commenced action for divorce through an uncontested divorce. This means that each spouse is able to agree on issues such as maintenance (formerly alimony), child support and the division of property and assets.
However, if a couple disagrees on the terms of spousal support, child support and/or the division of property/assets, the divorce process can become costly and a contested divorce can last much longer.
Divorce mediation takes place typically over one to three months and is significantly less costly than a contested divorce. Additionally, mediation focuses on resolving issues through a mutually beneficial agreement and is geared toward an amicable resolution wherein the parties’ ability to efficiently communicate is present and continues long after the process is concluded.
The mediator is a neutral third party who motivates each spouse to stay on topic and focus on resolution. The goal is to identify conflicts and issues and work patiently to resolve them in a timely, cooperative manner.
It is important to realize that the number of sessions is dependent upon the number of issues that need to be addressed. Some mediation issues may be resolved in one session, while others may take several sessions. Upon the completion of each session, the divorce mediator prepares a memorandum that details the issues resolved at the previous session and outlines new issues to be addressed at the next session.
Once all issues are resolved, an agreement is prepared and executed by the parties. The action for divorce then proceeds through the court (to obtain a Judgement of Divorce) as an uncontested matter.
Contact an experienced divorce mediator to discuss if mediation is right for you.
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