Mediation Attorneys for Divorce in NY
Long Island Divorce Lawyers
Wisselman & Associates offers clients mediation and divorce settlement services as alternatives to litigated divorce or family law proceedings. These options offer parties ways of resolving their separation and divorce out of court, and are likely to save time and expenses.
What is mediation?
Mediation has the best chance of success when both parties get along with each other and are interested in forming an amicable legal separation or divorce agreement. This type of arrangement is best suited to couples that have the best interest of each other in mind and have a clear understanding about resolving the issues of their divorce. If both parties are in agreement and have a desire to settle amicably, a neutral third party, the mediator, helps divorcing spouses try to communicate and negotiate but doesn't make any decisions for them. A family law mediator can be engaged to create an agreement that addresses issues such as property distribution, support, and custody, but without the expenses of litigation and court appearances.
In these situations, attorneys may serve as mediators, as is the case at Wisselman & Associates. Our attorneys have handled thousands of family law cases. The wealth of experience provides us the ability to mediate impartially and arrive at an amicable resolution. After listening to each party and reaching an agreement, our attorney will draft a written divorce settlement. Again, this requires both parties to have similar goals of the settlement.
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For couples who are interested in working on reaching an amicable divorce resolution of all financial and divorce-related issues, an attorney-assisted divorce settlement can be an affordable and reasonable divorce process.
- This process requires a commitment by both parties to give their full efforts to negotiate an out of court settlement with the assistance of their attorneys. Litigation should never be an initial strategy, but a last resort. Grounds for divorce should be agreed to from the outset.
- Parties should devote their efforts to reaching a custody and visitation agreement which provides the least disruption to the children. Joint custody and joint parenting should be explored. With many households having two working parents, shared parenting is often in the best interest of the children, and attorneys can help their clients create a customized schedule to meet the needs of the whole family.
- As to financial issues, it is extremely important for parties to be realistic about their expectations, and to follow the advice of their attorneys. This includes being transparent about assets and income, and producing necessary documentation in a timely matter.
- It is important to realize that many issues related to the children, including support and visitation are not "written in stone," but may in fact be modified in court after the divorce is settled, based upon a change of circumstances. An experienced attorney can guide you on these issues.
It is important to consult with an attorney to determine whether mediation or a divorce settlement is appropriate for your situation. At Wisselman & Associates, our trained and experienced attorneys can assist you in analyzing the specific issues of your matter, and help you create the most effective approach to settle the terms of your divorce. Our firm is always focused on arriving at a settlement that best suits the needs of your entire family.
For more information about mediation and divorce settlements, and to schedule your free consultation, please don't hesitate to contact a Long Island divorce lawyer at our firm at (516) 406-8500 .