What are the benefits of mediation in New York?

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If you are getting divorced, you will have to choose a way to settle the matters of your divorce. These matters may include the division of assets, spousal support, and more. The method you choose to use can greatly impact the process of your divorce. Read on to learn more.

Mediation vs litigation?

Mediation allows a couple to work through the matters of their divorce outside of the courtroom. This is done with the help of a neutral third party, known as a mediator. Here, the mediator helps the couple find creative solutions that any outstanding matters. Another common option is litigation. Litigation takes place through the court and involves a judge making decisions about your divorce on your behalf.

Why do so many couples choose mediation?

Many New York couples choose mediation because it offers the following benefits:

  • Control: The decisions about your divorce are in your and your spouse’s hands, giving you more control over the outcome.
  • Confidentiality: Mediation is often more private. This is because matters that are settled through the court can become a matter of public record.
  • Speed: The length of mediation is dependent upon the couple and the issues they have to resolve, how well they can work together, etc.
  • Cost: Mediation is far more cost-effective, as trials can be long and expensive.
  • Choice: Mediation is voluntary. This means couples make the choice to work together, communicate, and find creative solutions to settle the outstanding matters of their divorce.
  • Family: Mediation facilitates communication and  healthy conversations, which can benefit any couple that has family involved, especially when it comes to co-parenting.

What are other out-of-court options?

If you are looking for alternative divorce options, you may want to consider:

  • Collaborative Divorce: Each member of the couple obtains his or her own attorney. Then, the couple and their respective attorneys attend a series of meetings in order to settle the divorce. 
  • Arbitration: Like mediation, this process also involves a  neutral third party. However, instead of acting as a mediator, they act as a judge and make all the final decisions relating to marital issues for the spouses.

If you have any questions or concerns about mediation in New York, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to discuss your options with a skilled and dedicated divorce attorney.


If you require strong and dedicated legal representation through a divorce or family law matter in Long Island, New York, contact Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. today.

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