Divorce is already difficult so couples considering ending their marriage often seek ways to reduce the time, cost and aggravation associated with the litigation process. When disagreements over dissolution terms can be resolved outside the courtroom, everyone usually benefits. The family lawyers at Carton & Rosoff PC in White Plains are committed to using methods such as mediation and collaborative divorce whenever possible to relieve the burden on clients. We are experienced in all types of alternative dispute resolution proceedings and can often help bridge the gap on matters such as alimony, custody and property division even when serious conflicts exist.
Whether ordered by the court or initiated by the parties, mediation is an alternative dispute resolution process where a qualified, neutral third party helps couples negotiate their divorce terms outside of court. Using this method offers several possible advantages, such as:
Often, mediation leads to a binding agreement that forms the basis of a divorce order that can be formalized without the parties having to endure a contested trial. Working with an experienced mediator (usually an attorney) gives parties the ability to consider creative solutions that might not present themselves in court.
Collaborative divorce is a method of marriage dissolution where each spouse has an attorney and everyone teams up to resolve relevant issues. By sharing information and relying on professionals such as accountants and therapists where needed, the parties and attorneys pursue consensus on property division, custody, child support and alimony. At the outset of the proceeding, the parties and their attorneys execute a document where they agree to share information freely and cooperate in order to tackle differences that might exist. If this solution does not result in an agreement, the spouses can pursue a divorce through traditional litigation.
Carton & Rosoff PC provides knowledgeable counsel to New York clients regarding the use of mediation to resolve divorce terms and other family law disputes. From our office in White Plains, we serve individuals in Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess and Putnam counties as well as New York City. To make an appointment for an initial consultation, please call 914-949-6700 or contact us online.