Divorce Mediation

"Mike was very patient and kind during his interactions with me during my divorce. His demeanor made the process easier to handle." - SK, Manhattan

Divorce Mediation

The separating or divorcing couple that chooses mediation makes all decisions with the help of a professional mediator. Through Mediation, they can decide about:

Quick Q&A (See more FAQ).

Divorce mediation is a process involving a divorcing couple that meets together with a neutral mediator, in an informal setting, where they discuss their needs and concerns and make decisions for their future.

The mediator provides a safe, comfortable environment for negotiations. He helps the couple focus on their needs and their children's needs, rather than on complaints about each other or their feelings about the past. This enables them to talk about problems they must resolve. Everything that is said in the mediation sessions is strictly confidential. The goal is to arrive at an acceptable agreement to all the issues that must be settled.
Usually, both parties contribute to the cost. The couple pays one reasonable hourly fee at the end of each session. They pay one mediator, rather than separate fees to two separate lawyers. The typical mediation takes 6 to 10 hours (4 to 6 sessions of about 1 ½ hours each).

Most mediators in the New York Metropolitan area charge between $200 and $350 per hour. There is a charge to prepare a formal, written agreement and to secure the official divorce judgment. The cost of a mediated divorce is a fraction of a litigated divorce that can take years. I will explain all the fees that you may incur in divorce mediation during our initial free consultation.
Even if you are already in litigation, it is not too late to try mediation. Just tell your attorneys that you want a "time out' to try mediation. Nothing that is said during the mediation sessions can be used in the litigation. It is never too late to try mediation.

Advantages of Divorce Mediation

You're in control

  • All decisions are made by agreement, not by a judge or other outsider.
  • Mediation is a voluntary process, not mandated by a judge.
  • Mediation is private and confidential. The couple makes decisions on what is best for their family in the privacy of the mediator's office
  • You are in charge of discussions & decisions - that's empowering!

Better Results

  • Mediation aims for a settlement that you both can accept.
  • Mediation produces more satisfactory agreements: Research shows that people are more satisfied with mediated agreements.
  • Mediation is better for children.
  • You learn negotiation skills that you can use later when dealing with post-divorce issues.

Expert Guidance

  • Your mediator guides you sensitively & methodically through the process.
  • You always know what is going on.
  • Your opinions and feelings are heard and considered in mediation.
  • Private & Confidential - Only you, your spouse, and the mediator are in the sessions.

Save Time & Money

  • Mediation is cost effective and less expensive overall (No advance retainer fees or deposits)
  • You decide how often to meet, so the process can take as much time, or as little time, as you need.
  • Mediation is usually a much faster way to get a separation or divorce.

Less Stress

  • All sessions are conducted in an informal, safe and comfortable setting. No court sessions are required.
  • Mediation is future oriented - there is no harping on the past or blame.
  • Mediation promotes cooperation and discussion and discourages arguing.

Schedule A Free Consultation

Michael helps his divorcing clients seek and find sensible and creative solutions to their problems. Whatever the issue, Mike can help you work things out.

Get In Touch