What are the Benefits of Mediation in New York?

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Every couple is different. As a result, there are a number of different ways to work through the matters of your divorce. Some of these matters may include child support, child custody, alimony, the division of assets, and more. Mediation is one of the most popular methods of divorce. Read on to learn more.

What is Mediation?

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.

What are the Benefits of Mediation?

Mediation is a popular option amongst divorcing couples for the following reasons:

  • Control: Generally, mediation awards spouses more control over the matters of their divorce because they can make the decisions, rather than placing the decisions in the hands of a court.
  • Confidentiality: The information shared in mediation cannot be discussed with anyone else or used against either spouse. This is a good way to keep your private information private. It is important to know that matters addressed in the court can become public record.
  • Speed: The length of mediation is dependent upon the couple and the issues they have to resolve. Therefore, it can be faster than litigation.
  • Cost: Mediation is more cost-effective, as trials can be expensive for both the couple and the state.
  • Choice: Mediation is voluntary, as spouses have the choice to participate. Both spouses must be on the same page and will have to work together to find solutions that benefit each party, meaning more open communication.
  • Family: Mediation facilitates healthy conversations, which can benefit any couple that has family involved.

What are Other Divorce Options in New York?

While mediation can be a great option, it is not for everyone. Luckily, there are various other options. For example:

  • Collaborative Divorce: This process exists through a series of four-way meetings where spouses are joined by their attorneys to help settle the future of their marital issues. 
  • Arbitration: This process also involves a 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 mediated divorce, contact our firm today.


Peter V. Mandi, Esq. is an experienced divorce and family law attorney located in Bohemia, New York. Our firm understands the impact a divorce can have on your life. If you require strong and dedicated legal representation in Long Island, New York, please do not hesitate to contact Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. today.

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