Mediation Attorneys in New York
Wisselman, Harounian & Associates offers clients mediation and divorce settlement services as alternatives to litigated divorce or family law proceedings. These options provide an alternative way to handle separation and divorce out of court, and can help save time and money.
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 for couples who wish to honor one another’s best interests. If both parties are in agreement and have a desire to settle amicably, a neutral third party known as a mediator can help them communicate throughout the process. The mediator will negotiate terms of the divorce but will not be responsible for making any decisions on the couple’s behalf. A family law mediator can help the couple reach an agreement without the expense of litigation and court appearances.
In these situations, attorneys may serve as mediators, as is the case at Wisselman, Harounian & Associates. Our attorneys have handled thousands of family law cases. Our 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.
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Understanding Cooperative Divorce
Cooperative divorce, also known as uncontested divorce, is a situation where you and your spouse agree on all the important decisions regarding your case. These include decisions about child custody and visitation, division of assets and property, and payment of maintenance and child support. If you and your spouse are in complete agreement, this makes the divorce process much simpler and quicker. Our experienced Great Neck divorce attorneys can help ensure you discuss all relevant issues with your spouse, and we can advise you on decisions that will affect your financial wellbeing and relationship with your children. From start to finish, our legal team can help you file the proper forms and represent you as you pursue a beneficial outcome.
For couples who are interested in working on reaching an amicable divorce resolution on all financial and divorce-related issues, an attorney-assisted divorce settlement can be an affordable and reasonable divorce process.
- This process requires a commitment from both parties to give their full effort when negotiating an out-of-court settlement. Litigation should never be an initial strategy, but a last resort. Grounds for divorce should be agreed upon from the outset.
- Parties should devote their efforts to reaching a custody and visitation agreement that provides the least disruption possible 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. Attorneys can help their clients create a customized schedule to meet the needs of the whole family.
- As for 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." In the event of a change in circumstances for one or both parents, these can be modified in court after the divorce is settled. An experienced attorney can guide you on these issues.
It is important to consult with a lawyer to determine whether mediation or a divorce settlement is appropriate for your situation. Wisselman, Harounian & Associates is dedicated to improving the lives of our clients by demonstrating sensitivity and zealous advocacy. Since its founding in 1976, our firm has focused on developing and implementing advanced mediation techniques that can resolve even the most high-conflict cases. Our trained and experienced attorneys can assist you in analyzing the specific issues of your matter. We can 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.
Contact Our Divorce Law Firm in Great Neck Today
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. We can be reached at (516) 406-8500.