White Plains Attorney Provides Divorce Mediation
Extensive experience in mediated settlements
Mediation is growing in popularity, particularly in divorce cases, because it has a number of advantages over litigation. Compared with litigation, mediation generally:
Lauren B. Abramson, Esq. is trained in both mediation and collaborative law. She has been helping families transform in Westchester County since 1987. She can help you.
How does mediation work in New York?
In the mediation process, you and your spouse work with a divorce mediator to identify the issues that need to be resolved. At these sessions, you exchange any requested information and documents, and use nonadversarial problem-solving techniques to arrive at a mutually agreeable settlement. Your attorney may attend the mediation sessions to advise you and to ensure that you understand your legal rights and obligations.
How long does mediation generally take?
Every case is unique, but a ballpark estimate is that a couple with a home and dependent children can resolve their issues in three or four 90-minute mediation sessions. Of course, the time it takes to resolve your case depends in large part on the spouses’ ability and willingness to communicate and negotiate.
What's the difference between mediation and collaborative law?
In mediation, a neutral third party — the mediator — facilitates the negotiations and tries to help settle the case. The mediator can’t give either party legal advice or advocate for either side. Each party’s attorney should attend the mediation sessions to advise his or her client. When an agreement is reached, the mediator prepares a draft of the settlement agreement for review and revision by the parties and his or her lawyers.
In collaborative law, both parties and their lawyers have settlement as their top priority. The lawyers, who have training similar to mediators, work with their clients and each other to make sure the process is positive and productive. When an agreement is reached, the lawyers draft a settlement document, which is reviewed and revised by the parties until everyone is satisfied.
Both collaborative law and mediation rely on the free exchange of information and a commitment to resolutions that respect the parties’ shared goals.
If mediation doesn’t result in a settlement, you may proceed to litigation. In collaborative law; however, the lawyers and parties sign an agreement attesting to everyone’s interest in resolving the case. The agreement states that the attorneys will not participate in litigation if the collaborative process ends without an agreement.
Call our White Plains family law office today for advice on mediation
Lauren B. Abramson, Esq. is ready to help you manage the mediation process. Our office hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call us at 914-908-6829 or contact us online today to schedule a consultation. We serve individuals and families throughout Westchester and Putnam counties, including White Plains, Harrison, New Rochelle, Bedford, Armonk, Bronxville, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Somers, Croton-on-Hudson, Carmel, Peekskill and Rye.