Mediation can be a powerful tool
Divorce cases can be very complex, regardless of whether or not the separation is contested or uncontested. Going through a trial in court can be costly for both parties involved. However, mediation can be a way to resolve divorce and family law issues in a more economical and less contentious way. Using mediation as opposed to going through the full court process for a divorce is an option that we offer here at Randi L. Karmel, PLLC.
Mediation can help resolve some of the most contentious divorce issues, including the following:
- Property Division – New York is an equitable distribution state that seeks to divide marital property in a fair manner (real estate, financial accounts, vehicles, household items, etc.). However, this does not necessarily mean that the assets will be divided equally.
- Child Custody – It is crucial that the physical and legal custody of any minor children is determined before divorce is finalized.
- Child Support – Both parties are required to continue supporting any minor children after a divorce occurs.
- Spousal Maintenance – In some situations, it may be appropriate for one spouse to receive spousal maintenance (commonly referred to as alimony) from the other spouse.
The role of a family law mediator
A mediator is a neutral third party brought in to help both sides handle these issues. Both parties involved in the separation, as well as their attorneys, need to agree on the mediator that is ultimately chosen to handle the case.
Mediators do not necessarily act as an attorney for either party. In other words, they are not there to represent one party over the other. The mediator is present to ensure that both sides are treated fairly and help the parties find common ground moving forward.
Attorney Randi L. Karmel is an experienced mediator who has a thorough understanding of all New York family law issues. Having a mediator that is also a family law attorney is incredibly beneficial, particularly when it comes to finalizing anything agreed upon during the mediation process.
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Court proceedings can be trying, stressful, and prolonged, and so under many circumstances, mediation can be a more efficient and effective route. Mediation is not always appropriate – financial disparities between the parties can be especially problematic, and some spouses (and their representatives) may see this only as an opportunity to coerce or wear down the other side. We can determine together if this is an acceptable and appropriate course of action.
You can count on Randi L. Karmel, PLLC to stand by your side. Our mediation attorneys in New York City will help determine whether or not mediation is appropriate for your situation and help get you through this difficult time. We help residents in all five boroughs of NYC. You can contact us for a review of your case by clicking here or calling us at 212-755-0224 (Manhattan) or 718-923-0877 (Brooklyn).