Concord, NY 14055 – Divorce Mediation:  716-404-4140

Concord, NY 14055
Divorce Mediation:
716-404-4140

Divorce Mediation:
Mediation offers couples professional guidance in the process for dividing their lives up so that they can each start fresh on a new path with dignity, compassion,  and a head held high.  It is likely that you have never been divorced before and you probably won’t again.   By having professional guidance through the divorce process you will have the incite to avoid mistakes, limit the expenses and costly acremonium of a contested divorce proceeding and most importantly resolve your divorce in a supportive and amicable manner.   Successful divorce mediation will result in an uncontested divorce.  You will have successfully avoided a contested divorce, the tension, and arguments that accompany it as well as the high expense of contested matrimonial proceedings.

Six Similar Goals:  These are common goals whether you are in Mediation or Litigation to resolve your divorce.

  1. Distribution of Property (Assets and Liabilities) (Marital and Non-Marital)
  2. Child Custody and Parenting Time (Commonly referred to as a Parenting Plan)
  3. Child Support and Spousal Maintenance
  4. Distribution of Retirement Assets
  5. Resolve Income Tax and Health Insurance Issues.
  6. Put the agreement in writing and sign it.

The Differences

Mediation:

  • In mediation, couples work together with a mediator to work out an agreement on the above basic issues.
  • Mediation takes several months while litigation often can take several years.
  • Mediation costs typically are a few thousands of dollars while litigation costs are several of ten thousands of dollars.
  • In mediation, spouses are in control of their own future and their children’s future, rather than Courts, Judges, and Attorneys.
  • Mediation provides an effective way for couples to work together with the help of a neutral professional to resolve their differences in an amicable and cost-effective way.
  • Mediation is flexible, confidential, can be informal and is less stressful.
  • A divorce mediator is neutral and doesn’t “work” just for one spouse or the other.
  • Mediation is more cost-effective.  “In 2005, the average mediated case cost $3000 and was settled in 90 days. In turn, the average litigated case in the courts cost $15,000 and took 18 months to settle.”

Mediator’s Job:

  • Keeping the discussion going focusing on resolving core issues.
  • Maintaining a positive and productive atmosphere to help the couple resolve their disagreements and reach a solution.
  • Providing professional and technical insight into the process, its goals, and alternative ways to settle the complicated issues the couple is faced with.  Often this is done by brainstorming with the mediator quickly providing alternatives that the couple may have not even considered.
  • When divorcing couples get off track and away from the above issues during mediation, arguing, name-calling and bad prior memories are brought up and the mediator helps to avoid this.
  • Mediators put the couple’s agreement into a writing that the couple will ultimately sign.  This is commonly referred to as a property settlement and separation agreement with or without a parenting plan.  This agreement will be the basis of how the couple will live in the future, separated from one another.

Mediators Cannot:

  • A mediator cannot and does not  “work” for one party or the other.  Attorney’s work for only one party and only have that parties interest at stake.
  • Mediators do not file lawsuits in court.  Although mediators may be attorney’s, if they act as a mediator for both couples, they need to avoid any idea that they are.  Attorney’s must Fully Disclose that they are “really only representing one party or the other.”

 

At BuffalyNYDivorceMediation the first consultation is free. If you would like to schedule an appointment with us please click (Schedule Mediation).  This can be done in our office or virtually using our remote online video conferencing solution that is simple to use.

NOW OFFERING VIRTUAL ON-LINE DIVORCE MEDIATION

Buffalo New York Divorce Mediation
3819 South Park Avenue.
Blasdell, New York 14219
1-716-404-4140 option #2 (Phone)
1-888-256-4140 option #2 (Toll-Free)
1-716-402-1918 (Fax)
1-716-989-0599 (Text)
john@buffalonydivorcemediation.com (eMail)

Divorce Mediation:
Mediation offers couples professional guidance in the process for dividing their lives up so that they can each start fresh on a new path with dignity, compassion,  and a head held high.  It is likely that you have never been divorced before and you probably won’t again.   By having professional guidance through the divorce process you will have the incite to avoid mistakes, limit the expenses and costly acremonium of a contested divorce proceeding and most importantly resolve your divorce in a supportive and amicable manner.   Successful divorce mediation will result in an uncontested divorce.  You will have successfully avoided a contested divorce, the tension, and arguments that accompany it as well as the high expense of contested matrimonial proceedings.   Our mediation process helps both of you move on to a fresh start with the hope that you’ll remain friends.

Because of the process of Mediation which requires cooperation and understanding, you will find that there are other benefits.

  • Less expensive than traditionally contested divorces.
  • Preservation of relationships with your ex-spouse, children, in-laws, and friends.
  • Personalized and individualized agreement.
  • Faster allowing you to begin new chapters in your lives.

What we discuss at Buffalo NY Divorce Mediation:

  • Child Custody and Parenting Plans
  • Division and Equitable Distribution of Property (Assets and Liabilities)
  • Child Support and Maintenance (Spousal Support)
  • Retirement Accounts and Taxes
  • Costs to Implement your Agreement
  • Discussion of a Five Year Plan including family counseling options.
  • Tax implication and Health Insurance implications of a divorce.

The goal of Buffalo NY Divorce Mediation:

It is our job to guide you through the process of a divorce with the ultimate goal of creating a mutually agreed upon written agreement that will become the terms of your divorce.  The process of actually becoming divorce takes place after the agreement is in place between you and occurs on an uncontested basis.

How is this different than what my attorney could do?

The primary benefit of using Buffalo NY Divorce Mediation is that we don’t represent you or your spouse individually.  It is a joint process where we represent both of you in a secure and confidential manner.  If you or your spouse had an attorney they would be precluded from representing both of you and could only represent one or the other.

A tax, real estate, and degreed professional will assist you in coming to a mutually written agreement as to how you want to resolve your marriage, on your terms and unique to your particular circumstances.

FAMILY MEDIATION

When your not married or in a domestic partnership and disputes arise between two parents where can you turn other than family Court.  Buffalo NY Divorce Mediation also offers collaborative mediation to resolve custody, visitation and support issues.  Often we can assist two parent or guardians reaching the following types of agreements.

Parenting plans – Often times very specifics issues relating to custody, visitation, and support arises between the parent or guardians of children.  It’s impossible to make a complete and exhaustive list of those issues.  They can center around relocation, access, support, visitation, and health issues of both the parent or the child.  Mediation can help you address these specific and important issues with the guidance of a professional.   Many times that’s all you need.

Mediation Services: Buffalo NY Divorce Mediation | 716-404-4140

NOW OFFERING VIRTUAL ON-LINE DIVORCE MEDIATION

Buffalo New York Divorce Mediation
3819 South Park Avenue.
Blasdell, New York 14219
1-716-404-4140 option #2 (Phone)
1-888-256-4140 option #2 (Toll-Free)
1-716-402-1918 (Fax)
1-716-989-0599 (Text)
john@buffalonydivorcemediation.com (eMail)

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the mediation process take?
After each person has had a private consultation and they and the Buffalo NY Mediation agree whether or not to proceed with mediation, most people complete the mediation process in 2-5 sessions. People determine the number of sessions needed based on how quickly they can gather information and make decisions. When information has been gathered and all decisions made, The mediator will draft an agreement for both parties, outlining a parenting plan, equitable distribution of assets, child support, and spousal maintenance/alimony.
How can we prepare for mediation?
Gather relevant materials such as mortgage documents, tax returns, and pension information. Research procedures for separating joint accounts, credit cards, insurance policies, etc.

How will the mediators help us?
Divorce mediators are professionals with extensive training in mediation and New York State divorce requirements. They help participants discuss issues and can provide information when appropriate. The mediator’s role is to help people have the conversations they need to have to move through the divorce process. The mediator can often help people think about their situation in new and different ways and help them prioritize the issues for discussion according to their individual circumstances.

How much does it cost?
The fees charged are for the following:

  • Consultation appointments,
  • Mediation sessions either on an hourly or flat fee basis
  • Drafting of the Agreement
  • Fees are paid at the time of service.

How do I begin the divorce mediation process?
Contact Buffalo NY Divorce Mediation for a private and confidential in-person consultation. Each party must call to set up his or her confidential appointment. Call us at 716-404-4140

Concord, NY 14055
Divorce Mediation:
716-404-4140