Nassau County Mediation Lawyers

Promoting Cooperation for Families Throughout Long Island and New York

In mediation, the parties make decisions through direct discussion with an impartial mediator helping clarify positions and explaining perspectives of each side. An effective mediator will also help the parties gather and exchange information necessary to make informed decisions, including financial disclosure.

To speak with a Nassau County mediation lawyer, contact us online or give us a call at (516) 447-8977 today. 

What Is Mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary process in which people work together with a trained mediator to negotiate and attempt to resolve their differences. Neither party is “right” or “wrong,” or a “winner” or “loser.” While each party may come away somewhat unhappy, if the parties are able to avoid time-consuming, expensive, and emotionally draining matrimonial or family litigation, they will both have succeeded. The role of the mediator is to help the parties work together towards that common goal.

For many divorcing spouses and separating parents, mediation is an alternative to costly and draining litigation. Between willing and cooperative parties, mediation provides an alternative to explore fair and equitable solutions while avoiding the sharp divide often resulting from adversarial litigation. In mediation, the parties can agree upon creative solutions that might not be available to them in litigation.

In mediation, the parties make decisions through direct discussion with an impartial mediator helping clarify positions and explaining perspectives of each side. An effective mediator will also help the parties gather and exchange the information necessary to make informed decisions, including financial disclosure, and explain the relevant law.

The mediator has no interest in the outcome and is committed to ensuring a fair and equitable process. When parties are in the process of separating, they need to make important decisions about many things, including future parenting arrangements and child support, and if the parties are married, they must also address the distribution of assets and liabilities, spousal maintenance, and other issues as well. After the parties have resolved their issues, our Nassau County mediation attorneys will draft a detailed agreement memorializing the terms and conditions. Once it is fully signed, that agreement becomes a legally binding contract and will eventually be filed with the court to become a court order or incorporated into the judgment of divorce.

Mediation can also take place after the parties have separated and/or divorced to address issues including modification of custody/access and modification of support.

Resolve Legal Disputes Amicably with Mediation

Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process that allows parties involved in a legal dispute to work towards a mutually acceptable resolution with the help of a neutral third party, known as a mediator. At Winter & Grossman, PLLC, our experienced mediation lawyers are dedicated to promoting cooperation and finding peaceful solutions for families throughout Long Island and New York.

Why choose mediation?

  • Cost-effective: Mediation is often more affordable than going to court, as it eliminates the need for lengthy litigation.
  • Time-saving: Mediation can often resolve disputes more quickly than traditional legal processes, which can take months or even years.
  • Control: Mediation allows parties to have more control over the outcome of their dispute, rather than leaving the decision in the hands of a judge.
  • Confidentiality: Mediation offers a confidential setting where parties can openly discuss their concerns without fear of public exposure.
  • Preserve relationships: Mediation focuses on finding common ground and fostering understanding, helping parties maintain a positive relationship moving forward.

If you are seeking a peaceful resolution to your legal dispute, contact Winter & Grossman, PLLC today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced mediation lawyers.

Commonly Asked Questions

What is the role of a mediator in the mediation process?

A mediator is an impartial third party who helps facilitate communication and negotiation between the parties involved in a dispute. They do not take sides or make decisions for the parties, but rather assist them in reaching their own mutually acceptable agreement.

What are the benefits of mediation over litigation?

Mediation offers several benefits over litigation, including cost-effectiveness, faster resolution, greater control over the outcome, and the opportunity for creative solutions. It also helps preserve relationships and reduce the emotional stress often associated with courtroom battles.

How long does the mediation process typically take?

The duration of the mediation process varies depending on the complexity of the issues and the willingness of the parties to cooperate. It can range from a few sessions to several months. The mediator will work with the parties to establish a timeline that suits their specific needs.

Is mediation confidential?

Yes, mediation is confidential. The discussions and negotiations that take place during mediation are private and cannot be used as evidence in court. This allows the parties to speak openly and honestly without fear of their words being used against them.

Can mediation be used for family law matters?

Yes, mediation is commonly used for family law matters such as divorce, child custody, child support, and property division. It provides a less adversarial and more collaborative approach to resolving disputes, allowing the parties to maintain control over the decision-making process.

The Lawyer’s Role in Mediation

Mediation does not mean that you proceed without the benefit of counsel. Although you may not have a lawyer sitting with you during the mediation sessions, you should still have a lawyer to advise you as to your rights before and after sessions, and certainly before you enter into a final settlement. A “consulting attorney” works with a party throughout the mediation process, whereas a “review attorney” reviews any final documents before they are signed. Either way, a lawyer should review the final document to confirm that it accurately states the terms and conditions of your agreement BEFORE you sign it.

Mr. Grossman brings more than 20 years of experience as a matrimonial and family law attorney to his mediation practice, having completed both the basic mediation training and the advanced mediation training for matrimonial matters. He added this service to provide clients with an alternative to litigation with the hope that he can help parties resolve their differences more efficiently and as amicably as possible.

Do you have any additional questions? Contact us at (516) 447-8977

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