Making the Most of Divorce Mediation in New York

Divorce mediation in New York provides many benefits to participants, namely the ability to save a significant amount of time and money.  Generally speaking, the less court involvement, the less expensive a proceeding is.  However, participants can impede the process if they bring negative emotions and expectations with them.  By following these guidelines, participants can make the most of their divorce mediation in New York and be more likely to reach an amicable resolution of their case. 

Engage in Good Faith

Participants in mediation are not required to reach a decision in their case.  Furthermore, the mediator cannot impose a ruling on the case like a judge can.  Mediation is usually a voluntary process, so it is best if the parties come to the session fully ready to act in good faith, meaning that they disclose relevant information including financial information so that a resolution can be reached together. 

Actively Participate

Mediation is an active process.  It requires input from both sides.  Although the mediator can provide the spouses with information, he or she cannot make decisions on their behalf.  It is up to the individuals to determine a fair resolution of the case and all decisions are within the parties’ control. 

Consider Compromise

Mediation is usually successful because both parties make concession.  It is unlikely either party will get exactly what he or she wants.  Sometimes when one party gives something the other one wants, the second party may be more willing to concede on another issue.  However, the mediation process is unlike any other negotiation you may have experienced and you may find that there are solutions that meet the goals of both parties, resulting in a win-win outcome.

Select the Right Mediator

The parties get to decide which mediator to hire.  This decision is an important one.  The parties should select a mediator who can remain objective throughout the session and who has the skills necessary to guide a settlement. 

The office of Sabra Law Group, PLLC has been mediating divorces for more than 10 years, please contact our office at 646-472-7971 to learn more about mediation and how it works and whether it is the right method for you in your situation.

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