New York Family Dispute Attorney
Helping You Achieve a Mediated Divorce on Staten Island
We offer our clients the possibility of resolving divorce issues without getting lawyers involved. That’s one of the reasons we provide divorce mediation services at our family law office in Dongan Hills, Staten Island, New York.
What is Divorce Mediation?
Divorce mediation basically means bringing the parties together to discuss their plans to get divorced. Who will stay in the house, or should the house be sold? What kind of parenting plan will meet the family’s needs? Will spousal maintenance be paid — and if so, how much and for how long?
During mediation, while we are lawyers, we are not an advocate for either side while serving as mediators. Rather, we collect information, explain the law and discuss the likely outcome if the issue was put forth before the court.
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution. It is not binding on either party, until an agreement is agreed upon and signed. If you are not able to reach an agreement through mediation, you and your spouse can hire lawyers and proceed to seek a divorce through litigation.
What Are the Advantages of Mediation?
Sometimes the atmosphere of litigation and a win or lose mentality can encourage clients to dig their heels into a position. However, when both sides dig in, the only parties who benefit are the attorneys. Couples who fight over martial property can end up spending much more than the assets are worth in legal fees. Couples who involve their children in a child custody and visitation dispute often end up alienating and damaging the children they sought to protect.
In most of the mediation cases that we handle, the two parties come to us before either side has hired a lawyer. However, you can also participate in mediation after you have hired an attorney. If we are able to work out a mediation agreement, your lawyer can review the agreement and suggest any required changes.
To schedule an attorney consultation to discuss divorce mediation: Call 718-213-4746 or fill out the contact form on this Web site.
The DePalo Law Firm has been accepted as a Participating Law Firm for Hyatt Legal Services, ARAG, Workplace Benefits, and the Legal Club of America.