Divorce mediation offers clients a dramatically different approach to divorce than traditional litigation and can be used for custody, support and property issues. This approach recognizes and respects the individual clients and their needs. Because of this, mediation has numerous advantages over the traditional litigation process.


Amicable process

Unlike the court process, which by its very nature is designed to be adversarial, mediation is designed to be collaborative. This does not mean that parties in mediation will be free from emotions when they negotiate, nor does it mean that they have to like each other, or agree upon most issues. “Amicable” simply means that the parties cannot use the process to lash out at one another with strategical maneuvers. Because the mediator is trained to facilitate negotiations between high conflict couples, the process can be successful and productive, even when the parties’ relationship is volatile. Parties often have a better relationship at the end of mediation than when they began. This is especially beneficial when the parties have children together. Parents who mediate successfully, despite their differences, set an incredible example for their children on how to resolve disputes productively.



A traditional litigated divorce can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Mediation is a fraction of that cost. The majority of mediated cases can be resolved in ten hours or less. The savings is phenomenal. In addition, research has shown that mediated agreements are more likely to be followed, therefore, also saving the cost of contempt or modification proceedings.


Customized Agreements

Mediation agreements are customized to you and your family. Court orders and traditional Marriage Settlement Agreements do not include provisions for many of the issues that families face, such as how are the parties going to pay for college tuition, wedding or bar mitzvah costs. The parties can raise their specific issues with the mediator and the agreement will be tailor made just for them. Mediated agreements can also provide creative solutions that would not be considered in traditional litigation, allowing both party’s needs to be met.



The mediation process is discreet. There is no court reporter at the mediation session and everything said in the session is confidential. The mediator cannot be called as a witness if the case eventually goes to court. This protects the parties and makes them comfortable to be open and forthright during sessions.


Client Centered Negotiations

In a traditional litigation case, the attorneys are at the center of negotiations and the client’s interests can get lost. In mediation, the clients are at the center of negotiations. Although the clients are encouraged to seek legal advice, they are the ones making the negotiating decisions. In addition, the clients, not the court or the attorneys set the pace of the process.


Parties have the option to participate in traditional "parties only" sessions or "attorney present" sessions.


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