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Alternative Dispute Resolution Can Save Time, Money & Stress in Long Island Divorce

by | Jul 3, 2018 | Collaborative Law, divorce lawyer long island ny, divorce mediation, News and Events |

When most people on Long Island consider divorce, they often think of the worst case scenarios they’ve heard about:

  • A long, drawn out process that costs each side tens of thousands of dollars.
  • Fighting with their spouse throughout the divorce process.
  • Having a contentious relationship with their ex-spouse with little, if any, positive communication.
  • Having a difficult time attempting to find agreement to co-parent their children.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

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After many years of experience, and countless clients, we know that these things do happen in a percentage of highly contested divorces, however, it doesn’t have to be this way. Our experience has proven that utilizing Alternative Dispute Resolution methods like Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Divorce are the best way to ensure a calmer, less contentious divorce process and dramatically increase the chances of you having a constructive relationship with your ex-spouse.

What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

Alternative Dispute Resolution proceedings allow divorcing spouses to resolve the issues and points of contention that inevitably arise during the divorce process through a series of negotiations between the spouses. Some spouses will be able to settle the issues surrounding their divorce in a single session, while others may require more time together to iron out certain problem areas. These negotiations do not take place in the courtroom, but rather in the informal, more comfortable atmosphere of a privaten office space. The ultimate goal of any Alternative Dispute Resolution process is to solve all of the issues surrounding your divorce amicably, while completely avoiding the courtroom.

Divorce Mediation

As an experienced Long Island Divorce Mediator, I know firsthand that Divorce Mediation can be a low-stress, cost-efficient process that gets you to where you want to be with a minimum of stress and expense. The process of Divorce Mediation assists you in resolving the issues surrounding the conclusion of a marriage, without the stress and anxiety associated with going to court.

Divorce Mediation allows a neutral third-party to guide you and your spouse through the divorce process, without taking sides. Your Divorce Mediator can be a great asset in assisting in open and honest discussions that are productive in helping your reach your ultimate goals. For couples with children, Divorce Mediation can help set you on the right path when it comes to communicating with your spouse during your divorce and after. We see that couples that go through the Divorce Meditation process typically enjoy a more communicative and respectful co-parenting relationship when the divorce is concluded.

Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative Divorce is more of a halfway point between Divorce Mediation and a Contested Divorce. In a Collaborative Divorce, both parties retain their own attorneys, like you would in a Contested Divorce, but the decision-making process is still outside the courtroom, like it is in Divorce Mediation. During your Collaborative Divorce, you and your spouse, together with your attorneys, will discuss the various issues surrounding your divorce, and will reach an amicable agreement that works for both spouses. As with Divorce Mediation, this process is a much more economical option than going to court. It also offers a great opportunity for parents to begin their post-divorce parenting relationship on the right foot, leading to a better co-parenting relationship down the line.

Have More Questions About Divorce Mediation or Collaborative Divorce? Contact Us

If you have more questions about alternative dispute resolutions like Divorce Mediation or Collaborative Divorce, we can help. Contact our Long Island Divorce & Family Law firm at 631-629-2545 to set up your free consultation with one of our experienced Family Law attorneys.

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