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Divorce Mediation & Collaborative Law

New York City Lawyers Assist You with Collaborative Divorce and Mediation

Get reliable help from an experienced legal team at the forefront of matrimonial law

If your marriage is coming to an end, divorce is not your only option. We at Bernfeld, DeMatteo & Bernfeld, LLP are experienced and skilled in all types of divorce, including collaborative divorce and mediation. Each form of divorce has its own advantages and disadvantages. Our New York City lawyers can review your case and determine the most cost-effective and timely approach for you.

What is mediation?

Mediation is a conflict resolution method used in matrimonial and family law to help divorce-seeking couples agree to mutually beneficial terms. The process involves the use of a third neutral party, or divorce mediator, who keeps you and your spouse focused on resolving the issues at hand. At our firm, New York City attorney Jeffrey Bernfeld is qualified as a mediator and mediates many different matters in NYC.

Mediation typically takes place over the course of several short and informal sessions. Couples often choose mediation to help resolve complex divorce matters, including child custody, visitation rights, spousal and child support, division of assets, and allocation of retirement or business assets. Following are some of the benefits of mediation:

  • Quick
  • Affordable
  • Less traumatic on all parties involved, especially children
  • Allows you to take control of your future

What is collaborative divorce?

At first glance, collaborative divorce appears to be just like mediation. The primary difference is that in a collaborative divorce, you and your spouse are represented by attorneys. Additionally, you enter into a participation agreement that explains that if settlement discussions fail, counsel for both parties must resign and new legal representation must be sought. This agreement allows you and your spouse to focus on resolving issues without the worry of litigation or threats of litigation. Collaborative divorce is often chosen by couples who do not wish to go through a traditional divorce but are unable to mediate. Following are a few of the benefits of choosing collaborative divorce over litigation:

  • Less expensive
  • Focused on cooperation
  • Assistance of legal counsel
  • Control over the proceedings

Choosing collaborative divorce or mediation over divorce

While collaborative divorce and mediation have many benefits over traditional divorce, they are not right for everyone. Couples who are hostile and unable to cooperate may need the assistance of the court. You may want to consider collaborative divorce or mediation if you and your spouse are amicable toward one another or if you have children.

Let our legal team help you move on with your life

At Bernfeld, DeMatteo & Bernfeld, LLP, we take great pride in helping NYC clients with divorce, mediation and collaborative divorce. If you need help with a matrimonial law issue, schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with a lawyer at our firm by contacting us online or by phone at 646-880-4689.