Divorce Mediation & Collaborative Divorce
End the Relationship More Amicably, and Without Litigation
LEE CHABIN, ESQ.
Working in all five boroughs
and Long Island
Call or Email Me to Set Up a Consultation!
We can meet in Fresh Meadows in Queens, in Midtown Manhattan or possibly in your home.
What Is Divorce Mediation?
It is a voluntary settlement process, where all issues
· child support,
· spousal maintenance (alimony), and
· dividing assets and liabilities
are covered. A trained professional works with both of you, together, to help you understand and meet your needs, while avoiding conflict.
Why Should I Consider Mediating?
Here are four reasons:
· settlements are often reached quickly,
· a great deal of money is usually saved,
· the process encourages agreement, and allows for cooperation, which is especially important when there are children involved, and
· all the agreements are yours, ones that you've reached together; and since they are tailor made to fit your needs, you're more likely to stick to them than if a judge who doesn't really know you makes the decisions for you.
Spouses/partners must attend the mediation consultation and any sessions together
What Is Collaborative Divorce?
Collaborative divorce is another process to end a marriage respectfully and without litigation.
Like mediation, it is a settlement process where all issues are addressed. However, with a collaborative divorce, you and your spouse each have an attorney representing you.
So, How Is that Different from a 'Regular' Divorce?
All the parties (the spouses/partners and their lawyers) sign an agreement stating that there will be no litigation. Your time, energy and money are spent working on finding mutually satisfactory agreements that will allow you to get on with your lives.
But What if One of Us Changes His/Her Mind?
If a spouse initiates litigation, the collaborative divorce terminates. Both lawyers would be required to withdraw their representation, and new attorneys could be hired.
Why Bother Trying in the First Place, if We Might End Up Litigating Anyway?
The large majority of people who begin the Collaborative Divorce process complete it successfully, and there is no litigation.