Steps to Divorce Mediation

Step One: Consultation
It is important for you to understand the mediation process and determine if it is right for you.  With this said, I offer:
  • A free face-to-face one hour consultation with both parties where I explain the basics of mediation and answer any questions you may have regarding the process.
  • Two 30-minute individual phone conversations, should you prefer to have the consultation separately.

Step Two: Mediation

Divorce mediation is designed to be flexible, allowing you the opportunity to implement a process that meets your needs.
  • Sessions are arranged at your convenience. Evening and weekend time slots are available.
  • Sessions are typically two hours. However, you can arrange shorter or longer sessions.
  • In the first session, we will work together to get an overview of your situation, and a list of all of the topics we will want to make sure that we cover, in order for you to come to a full resolution.
  • Most mediations take between 2 and 5 sessions .  The number of  sessions you need will depend on several factors, including: the complexity of the issues, your ability to communicate, whether you have children, or a home, or own your own business.
  • Topics covered in mediation sessions include parenting plans, division of assets and liabilities and financial support. We will also discuss any other issues you are concerned about.
  • Mediators can provide legal information but do not provide legal advice. You may wish to have an attorney to advise you of your legal rights, as part of your mediation process.

Step Three: Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

The Memorandum of Understanding is a detailed document which summarizes all the decisions you agreed upon in mediation.
  • The MOU will include what must be covered to obtain a divorce in New York. Your decisions regarding division of your assets and debts, support issues and the care of your child(ren) will all be incorporated into the document.
  • We will meet to review the MOU and integrate revisions, should there be any.
  • Should you wish to file for divorce, an attorney will write up the settlement agreement based on the terms in your MOU and, if and when you are both ready, file the agreement as well as other required forms with the court.
  • You are encouraged to employ an attorney to advise you of your rights, either before or after the settlement agreement is drafted by the neutral attorney.
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