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The Role of the Review Attorney in Mediation

Mediation clients often ask: why do I need a review attorney? Mediation is becoming ever more popular as people realize the value of having help in making decisions about their split; however, they do not want to “lawyer up” and risk having an adversarial situation. The mediator does not represent either party and will be [...]

By | 2018-04-26T17:47:56+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Mediation|0 Comments

The One Session Mediation

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 [...]

By | 2018-01-18T17:40:40+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Mediation|Comments Off on The One Session Mediation

Exchanging a Statement of Net Worth in a Divorce

In the divorce process, whether mediated or litigated, one of the most important documents is the statement of net worth. It is a document that outlines the financial health of each party. There are several sections. One section outlines the family data and budget such as how many children are in the home, dates of birth [...]

By | 2018-01-05T12:57:13+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Divorce Law, Mediation|Comments Off on Exchanging a Statement of Net Worth in a Divorce

How I Practice: An Interview with the New York State Bar Association

I am very honored to have had the opportunity to sit down with the New York State Bar Association and share how I practice law and organize my business. NYSBA has wonderful resources on their site, including the How I Practice section, which offers tips, tricks, and lessons to other attorneys. This interview can be [...]

By | 2018-01-05T13:00:13+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Divorce Law, Estate Planning, Mediation, Small Business|Comments Off on How I Practice: An Interview with the New York State Bar Association

What is the Difference between Legal Advice and Legal Information? How does that Affect the Role of the Mediator?

People often ask: how do you reconcile the role of the mediator and the role of the attorney when you are doing mediation? When doing a mediation, the mediators’ role is to help the people decide for themselves what course of action they want to take. As a mediator who is also an attorney, I [...]

By | 2018-01-05T13:01:26+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Divorce Law, Mediation|Comments Off on What is the Difference between Legal Advice and Legal Information? How does that Affect the Role of the Mediator?

Nesting: The Logistics of the “Family” Home

Nesting has become a popular concept for families of divorce lately, with articles in the New York Times and other well known publications. Nesting, if you are not familiar with the term, is when divorcing parents arrange for the children to remain in the family home while they each obtain a separate place to live. [...]

By | 2018-01-05T13:03:21+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Divorce Law, Mediation|Comments Off on Nesting: The Logistics of the “Family” Home

Court is Like a Box of Chocolates

What is an “attorney for the child” and what does it mean for my case? Often when parents who are divorcing are already in court and do not agree on custody, the court will assign an “attorney for the child.” This is an attorney who will interview both parents and the child or children. The [...]

By | 2018-01-05T13:03:57+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Divorce Law, Mediation|Comments Off on Court is Like a Box of Chocolates

Continuing Education for Mediation

Mediation is gaining in popularity, so much so that there are a proliferation of people advertising that they do mediation. Some of them are attorneys, some of them are not. Many of them have had absolutely no training in mediation, yet will sit down with a couple and “mediate.” New York has no licensure for [...]

By | 2018-01-05T13:05:08+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Divorce Law, Mediation|Comments Off on Continuing Education for Mediation

Using a Life Coach in the Divorce Process and Beyond

Clients frequently need support during the divorce process. They are not satisfied with the way things are and want a change, but that change itself is scary. Sometimes I suggest that they obtain the help of a life coach. There are two reasons for this: First of all, life coaches charge significantly less per hour [...]

By | 2018-01-05T13:07:42+00:00 March 16th, 2017|Divorce Law, Mediation|Comments Off on Using a Life Coach in the Divorce Process and Beyond

Divorce Agreements: Choose Your Wording Carefully!

Many clients ask why divorce agreements are so long and whether the exact wording really matters that much. The length is due to the fact that there are so many different issues that need to be covered. Issues such as Maintenance, Child Support, Custody & Parenting Time, and Equitable Distribution are just some of the areas [...]

By | 2018-01-05T13:08:10+00:00 March 9th, 2017|Divorce Law, Mediation|Comments Off on Divorce Agreements: Choose Your Wording Carefully!