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The One Session Mediation

The One Session Mediation by Deborah E. Kaminetzky

Yes, you read that correctly. It can and has been done. I have successfully mediated a divorce which took only one session. The couple had no children, no real estate, and very few assets and debts. They both wanted to reach an agreement quickly and were willing to work together toward that goal.

There was preparation. I had instructed each party to exchange financial information and given them an outline of the issues to be discussed. After the session which lasted two and a half hours, we had notes on which to base their agreement. I drafted the agreement and then sent the draft to both parties for their review. They each had their reviewing attorney read the agreement and advise them as to whether they should sign it or ask for revisions. Both reviewing attorneys were satisfied, so we got back together to execute the agreement and then they filed their final paperwork.

Although the preparation time, drafting time, reviewing time, and execution time all added up, the actual time we sat down and mediated was quite short.

Most of the time, it is not that simple. Children, assets, and debts certainly add additional issues which need to be discussed and therefore take more time. In fact, when the couple has children, I generally let them know that we will likely spend at least one entire session on custody and parenting time alone.

For those looking for a solution to their problem, mediation can be less costly, faster, and have a more satisfying result than traditional methods of divorce!

Deborah E. Kaminetzky


Deborah E. Kaminetzky, Esq.
Kaminetzky Law & Mediation, P.C.
132 Spruce Street
Cedarhurst, New York 11516
Phone: 516.374.0074

By | 2019-05-14T21:28:52+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Divorce Law, Mediation|Comments Off on The One Session Mediation

About the Author:

Deborah Kaminetzky
Deborah E. Kaminetzky is the founder of Kaminetzky Law & Mediation, P.C. located in Long Beach, New York. Prior to starting the firm Deborah worked at a Long Island firm where she learned the practice of Matrimonial and Family law and Estate Planning. Deborah has also worked at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs where she was responsible for prosecuting unlicensed home improvement contractors and negotiating settlements for consumers. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Kaminetzky was the president of a commercial property management corporation in the New York Metro area. Ms. Kaminetzky is a member of the National Association of Divorce Professionals, New York State Council on Divorce Mediation, Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York, New York State Bar Association (Business Law, Estate, Family Law, ADR and General Practice Sections), Nassau County Bar Association (where she serves as Chair of the General, Solo and Practice Management Committee, and The Nassau County Women’s Bar Association. Ms. Kaminetzky was appointed to the Committee on Law Practice Management of the New York State Bar Association in 2015 and has been a frequent speaker and author of articles for their journal. Ms. Kaminetzky serves on the Board of Directors of the Yashar Attorney and Judges Chapter of Hadassah as a their Treasurer, and was their Woman of the Year 2012 and Leadership Award Honoree in 2019. Deborah graduated from New York Law School in 1991 and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1986. Ms. Kaminetzky was admitted to the First Department in 1991 and the United States Supreme Court Bar in February of 2015. Deborah is on the Matrimonial fee dispute arbitration panel for Nassau County. She expanded her alternative dispute resolution practice by completing a Mediation certificate program in December of 2013, an advanced Mediation certificate program in 2015 and most recently a Divorce Mediation certificate in early 2016 from The New York Peace Institute. Ms. Kaminetzky has spoken to various groups on topics including matrimonial law, technology and social media use, and disaster preparedness for business including cybersecurity.