Divorce doesn’t have to become contentious. Many couples can benefit from a less adversarial approach known as divorce mediation. By working with an experienced divorce mediator, you can better manage the emotional and financial challenges of divorce. That’s where Aiello & DiFalco LLP can assist you.
We are here to guide you through the divorce mediation process promptly and efficiently. By understanding your circumstances and goals, our mediators will work to help you find mutually agreeable solutions. Call us today to get started with a skilled Nassau County divorce mediator.
About Divorce Mediation in Nassau County
Divorce mediation is a voluntary, non-adversarial alternative to divorce litigation. Mediation allows couples to bypass court hearings and legal battles and actively decide on post-divorce arrangements regarding property division, spousal maintenance, child custody, and child support.
During mediation, the parties work with a neutral third-party mediator who facilitates the negotiations and helps the parties reach a settlement. Divorce mediation, unlike a trial, provides a cooperative, private forum in which the parties can freely express their concerns, identify common ground, and work collaboratively to find solutions.
Unlike divorce litigation in which a judge can impose rulings on the parties, divorce mediation allows the couple to maintain control over decision-making. The mediator does not represent either party but rather assists by encouraging compromise, considering all relevant factors, and guiding the couple to a resolution.
Understanding the Mediation Process
Divorce mediation begins with each spouse gathering information about assets and debts that must be divided. The process involves three to six mediation sessions during which the mediator guides the negotiations and helps the parties reach mutually agreeable solutions. Divorce mediation is an effective way to resolve issues such as:
- Division of property
- Exclusive use and occupancy of the marital residence
- Legal separation
- Child custody and parenting time
- Child support, including child support add-ons like childcare, healthcare and educational expenses
- Spousal support/maintenance
Mediation can also be a forum for modifying prior agreements and orders (e.g. child custody, child support) and negotiating prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Once the parties reach an agreement on what the documents will protect, our professionally trained divorce mediators draft it for court approval.
What Are the Benefits of Divorce Mediation?
Divorce mediation offers a more amicable way to end a marriage than litigation, as well as additional benefits, such as:
Divorce mediation emphasizes open and constructive communication, allowing both parties to voice their concerns, participate in the decision-making, and control the outcome. Ultimately, a healthy dialogue opens the door to effective co-parenting and future cooperation.
Issues such as asset division, child custody, and support often become contentious in divorce litigation. On the other hand, when couples work together in mediation, they are able to make joint decisions and tailor solutions to their unique needs and goals. A collaborative approach not only results in more satisfactory agreements but also minimizes the risk of future conflicts.
Divorce litigation can be a lengthy, expensive process, drain financial resources, and stir up emotional distress. Mediation is a cost-effective approach because there are no court appearances, which means lower attorney fees and out-of-pocket legal expenses (e.g. discovery, depositions, motions). By saving time and money, Nassau County couples can move forward and rebuild their lives on a better footing.
Unlike a public court proceeding, divorce mediation takes place in a private setting. This allows both parties to freely express their concerns, knowing that discussions and negotiations will remain confidential. This privacy protects sensitive personal information and helps to maintain each spouse’s dignity and reputation, which is essential for high-profile or public individuals or professionals.
Reduced Emotional Stress
Divorce can be an emotional burden, steeped in anger, fear, and resentment. Mediation fosters a supportive environment in which the parties focus on problem-solving rather than stirring up tension. The mediator facilitates the discussion, provides emotional support, and helps couples resolve their differences with less emotional strain.
Mediation is ideal for spouses who can voice their concerns and advocate for themselves and also when there is not a significant power imbalance between them. If you can openly communicate your needs and remain flexible, mediation can help to reach mutually agreeable solutions. Notably, mediation is entirely voluntary; both parties must be willing participants. In the long run, working with an experienced Nassau County divorce mediator can mean the difference between a successful outcome and litigating the divorce.
Why Choose Us?
At Aiello & DiFalco, our skilled divorce mediators are here to guide you through the process. Whether you need to enlist the services of a mediator or advice about the mediation process, we can help you make informed decisions and keep moving in the right direction. You can depend on us to create a collaborative environment in which you can voice your concerns and achieve the best possible outcome.
Contact Our Experienced Nassau County Divorce Mediator
If you believe divorce mediation is a viable option, turn to Aiello & DiFalco for professional excellence and dependable service. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.