The First Step to Divorce or Separation
The first step in pursuing a divorce or separation in New York is to determine the right process. The objective of any process is to reach reslolution on all issues pertaining to the divorce or separation. Once all the issues have been resolved and memoralized, the court can then issue a judgment.
The Court Recommended Process
Divorce Mediation is the court recommended process because it is simple, equitable, and cost-efficient. Divorce mediation begins with a meeting at which a divorce mediator will gather information about the parties and their specific situation. At this information gathering meeting various issues will be discussed in a non-adversarial manner. Typically all issues are resolved and finalized in the form of a settlement agreement in as little as 3 meetings. Alhough neither party is required to retain separate counsel, parties maintain the right to have an attorney review the mediated agreement prior to signing. All the benefits of our divorce mediation services are clear, which is why it is the process recommended by the courts. We provide professial assistance, reduce the stress, and save both parties time and money.
What If My Spouse Does Not Agree?
Many times one party may be seeking a divorce or separation and the other party is resistant or claims that he or she will be unreasonable if a divorce or separation is pursued. We can help. Basically, every person has a legal right to a divorce or separation. There is nothing to prove. So if one party wants to pursue a divorce the only issue in question is the process used to obtain it. Litiagtion does not in any way assist a party who is resistant to a divorce. Litigation only increases the stress on both parties by inviting into th process confrontational attorneys charging exorbitant fees. No matter what the initial mindset of a party, mediation is always the right place to begin.