When you need mediation throughout a divorce, you need the help of a family lawyer Bronx, NY from Okun, Oddo & Babat, P.C. As anyone who has gone through a divorce can attest, it can be emotionally overwhelming and stressful. Decisions must be made by the splitting couple about custody, finances, and so many other issues that many people do not realize until they are in the midst of the divorce process. When the decision to divorce has been made, a couple now has two choices when it comes to the divorce process.
They can go the traditional route, where a judge makes the decisions regarding custody and division of the marital estate after both sides attorneys have presented their cases. The other choice divorcing couples now have is mediation, where the couple meets with their attorneys and a mediator and decide together how these issues should be handled. If you believe this is an option, speak with your Bronx, New York family lawyer now.
Unlike traditional litigated divorces, which often become contentious and drawn out, mediation is a process of cooperation and working together to come up with the best ways to decide child custody issues, how marital assets and property should be divided, and how marital debt should be divided.
The following are some of the benefits to mediation. To find out more details and if mediation is right for you and your spouse, contact a family lawyer Bronx, NY residents trust for a free consultation.
Mediation Saves Time: The negotiations and litigation that take place in a traditional divorce can be drawn out, especially if the couple has issues they do not agree on. In many cases, mediation is a much quicker process than a litigated divorce. This is often because the parties come to the mediation table in the spirit of cooperating, unlike the adversarial attitude many couples have in a traditional divorce. This spirit of cooperation and willingness to compromise means the divorce process can move much faster.
Mediation Saves Money: Time is money in the legal profession. Most family lawyers bill by the hour and the more time it takes to negotiate an agreement, conduct depositions, and attend court hearings, the higher the final divorce bill will be. The average cost of a contested divorce is approximately $15,000 and can increase to double that if the divorce process drags on. With mediation, if a couple can come to final decision quickly, the final legal bill will be a fraction of the cost of a litigated divorce.
Mediation Saves Relationships: When a couple goes through a contentious divorce, it can take years – if ever – before they are able to be civil with each other. This can be devastating to their children, who are not only dealing with the divorce, but must now deal with parents who hate each other. Mediation can actually help the couple move forward in a positive way, especially when it comes to co-parenting, since the decisions regarding custody and other issues are all decision the two have made together in an amicable setting.
Contact a Bronx, NY Family Lawyer For Help
If you would like to meet with a family lawyer in Bronx, NY from Okun, Oddo & Babat, P.C. to find out if mediation would work for your family, call our office to meet with a member of our legal team.