Category Archives: Divorce
Modifying Child Support and Custody Issues Through Mediation
Once you go through divorce and custody mediation, you might assume that your parenting agreement will remain in place until the children are grown. This is not the case: child support and custody agreements can be modified until the children reach adulthood. Here are some situations when you might need to modify your parenting agreement:… Read More »
What Causes Delays During Mediation?
Divorce mediation is usually a much faster way to get through the divorce process. According to New York Family, most couples can finish up mediation in six to 12 hours. However, some divorce mediations take longer. Here are some of the factors that can cause mediation delays: Refusal to compromise:The number one issue that can… Read More »
What Is Parallel Parenting?
When your child’s other parent is less than cooperative, co-parenting may not be possible. Even after the divorce is finalized and you have reached a custody arrangement, antagonistic exes might be difficult to get along with or even purposely sabotage your parenting. Parallel parenting might be right for you. What is parallel parenting? Parallel parenting is… Read More »
Understanding the Cost of Mediation vs. Divorce
Mediation can expedite the divorce process by working together instead of having lawyers advocate on your behalf. A neutral, third-party mediator guides the spouses through the division of assets, custody and support issues, and any other outstanding problems. At the end of mediation, the parties come to a settlement agreement. This is filed in court… Read More »
Setting Goals Before Mediation
Mediation is a popular divorce method, saving spouses time and money, compared to battling it out in court. If you’re able to compromise with your ex, it’s a great way to resolve outstanding issues. Setting goals before your mediation is key. When you’ve prepared for what you want to get out of the process, it’s… Read More »
What is Court-Ordered Mediation?
Within the last few years, New York state has created a “presumptive mediation” initiative. This means that in many cases, people who file for divorce are referred for mediation after filing the initial petition. What does this mean for your case? New York and presumptive mediation Mediation rules vary from county to county, but generally… Read More »
Can You Mediate Child Custody if You Were Never Married?
When a relationship involving children ends, it’s always a good idea to get a formalized custody agreement in place. Some people have the misconception that they can’t mediate child custody if they were never married. Fortunately, that is not true. Many legal situations can be resolved through mediation: it’s one method of reaching an agreement, which… Read More »
Do You Need Independent Legal Help Before Mediation?
Mediation appeals to divorcing couples because it’s cheaper and more collaborative than litigated divorce. However, many clients wonder if they need their own lawyer before they embark on the mediation process. The answer depends on if you want a professional to explain what you’re entitled to under the law. How mediation works Divorce mediation involves meeting… Read More »
How to Stay Calm During Mediation
Even amicable divorces can get emotional. Divorce is a big change emotionally, mentally and financially, and dividing up the products of your time together can be tough. If you’re dealing with high emotions or a negative partner, it can lead to mediation taking longer than normal. Staying calm during mediation might be tough at times,… Read More »