What Can a New York Divorce Mediator Do for Me?

contact us for a Free Consultation

While many people have heard of a “mediator,” many do not really understand what a New York divorce mediator does.  A New York divorce mediator does not act as a judge and does not push any particular party’s agenda.  Instead, he or she acts as a conduit between the parties, helping to get the parties to understand the other side’s better and to take into account the possibilities if a settlement is not reached.

Mediation is a voluntary process, so if the parties agree to it, they are already demonstrating their ability to act in good faith and to allow reason to lead them.  Unlike a judge, the mediator does not try to get the parties to any particular outcome.  Instead, each case is handled in a unique manner.  The individual needs and personalities of the parties are different in every case, and these are taken into account in order to draft a mutually beneficial agreement.

Unlike the rigid templates of court orders, parties to mediation can be much more creative and flexible in their agreement.  This allows co-parents to make decisions about what will work for their family.  Divorce mediators are often skilled at making creative suggestions that are tailored to the family’s needs.  Since a judge is not involved, the parties are free to agree on terms that they believe are fair.  A mediator can also emphasize the drawbacks of pursuing litigation, such as handing over decision-making power to someone unfamiliar with the family and their needs.

Our Recent Blogs

How Can I Protect the Best Interest of My Child in a Divorce?

In any divorce proceeding, a big concern for the court is the best interest of the child. As a parent, you yourself are likely…
Read More

How Does Domestic Violence Affect Alimony?

Domestic violence can leave profound and lasting scars for those who experienced it as well as their loved ones who witnessed it happen. Given…
Read More