Divorce Mediation

Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediation is an alternative to court litigation for resolving disputes that arise as two people separate their lives. We help the couple to work through the issues of their divorce and reach a mutually agreeable settlement. When kids are involved, mediation includes the establishment of an effective co-parenting plan.

At Venn Mediation, we help people resolve disagreements about separation and divorce. We know that mediation can be part of the solution, and we provide attentive service to each and every one of our clients, so that they can find their optimal resolutions and achieve quality results. As mediators, we strive to understand each person's perspective and help the former couple to determine their best potential terms of settlement. While divorce is a complicated and often thorny process, mediation helps people negotiate, communicate and better understand their options in resolving their conflict.

When children are involved, the proceedings take on another level of complexity. Mediation offers a way for parents to consider their children’s needs as well as their own, all while staying consistent with legal requirements. Former romantic partners can restructure their relationship to be co-parents with a similar outlook on how best to raise their children. Children thus benefit from a stable and functional relationship between the parents, and from both parents having meaningful involvement in their children’s lives.

Statistically speaking, divorces utilizing mediators tend to be less expensive than divorces using only lawyers. The average cost of litigated divorce in New York without children involved is $17,100, and goes up to $25,600 when children are involved. Meanwhile, with mediators, the average costs tend to be between $7,000 and $10,000. Even in a mediation where each side chooses to have a lawyer, the collaborative nature of the mediation process means getting to an effective agreement faster, and therefore at a much lower cost, than court alone.

Another key strength of mediation is where - even if the parties don’t want one - there will be a post-divorce relationship. Either when kids or pets are involved or when social or professional circles are intertwined. When the couple can’t avoid seeing each other after the divorce, mediation by its collaborative nature, can help minimize animosity down the road.

Divorce mediation allows couples to define the terms of their divorce amicably and affordably and provides an opportunity to end the marriage with less toxicity. The result is a separation agreement that can be easily turned into a legal document and submitted to the court.

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