Mediation vs. Litigation
In choosing to litigate your divorce, the nature of the process involves fighting in Court for the most one can get. This is not necessarily in anyone’s best interest, especially when children are involved.
During mediation the parties come to accept the disappointment and sadness while understanding the need for ongoing cooperation in order to move forward with mutual respect and the well being of the whole family.
Divorce Mediation is significantly less costly, faster, and most important, it prevents the separation from turning into a battle.
Concerns about the children?
For most couples, the children are their main priority. Decisions need to be made regarding legal and physical custody, child support, medical insurance, holidays, extracurricular activities and anything else the couple deems important. Christina excels in this topic and has several years experience in Manhattan Family Court. Additionally, Christina is a certified provider of the New York State Parent Education and Awareness Program often mandated by the New York Supreme Court for parents in the midst of a separation or divorce.
How long is the process?
Typically, the average mediation takes between 5 and 6 hours. We will meet for approximately one hour per session until a mutually accepted decision is reached on a variety of issues.
What happens after Mediation?
The mediator will draft a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The parties then have the option to live under that agreement (for as long as they wish) or file for the divorce right away.
Do I still need an attorney?
We recommend all our clients have their agreement reviewed by an attorney. The attorney can then convert the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) into a legal document of separation or divorce and file it with the Courts.