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Alternative Dispute Resolution Options for NYC Divorces

Alternative Dispute Resolution Options for NYC Divorces

Divorce is commonly considered a stressful, emotional, and expensive experience. While it is true that some divorce cases can spiral into heated arguments and intense litigation, it is possible to settle your divorce outside of the courtroom. At the Law Offices of Robert Tsigler, PLLC, we want our clients to save as much time and money as possible when handling their divorce cases. We know that litigation is expensive and stressful, so we want our clients and potential clients to understand the value of alternative dispute resolution for divorce in NYC.

What Is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

The conventional method for legally ending a marriage in New York is to litigate the matter in court just like any other civil case. The divorcing spouses present their situation to a judge who then rules on things like property division, child custody, and spousal support under New York state laws. This process can take months or even years, depending on the complexity of the case. Like divorce mediation, alternative dispute resolution can allow a divorcing couple to reach a divorce agreement much faster than litigation would allow. It also means they retain greater control over the terms of their divorce and can take advantage of several other benefits.

Perks of Divorce Mediation in NYC

Divorce mediation is a popular alternative dispute resolution method for divorce in NYC for several reasons. The first is savings, both in time and legal fees. The divorcing spouses can mediate the terms of their divorce in a fraction of the time required for formal litigation. The second benefit of choosing mediation is privacy. When you mediate, your mediation sessions take place in private between you, your spouse, and the neutral mediator. You and your spouse may have your legal representatives attend some or all of your mediation sessions as you wish. Unlike a litigated court case, whatever is said in your mediation sessions remains strictly confidential. Your divorce will enter public record once finalized, but everything discussed in mediation will not, unlike litigation, in which everything said in trial is recorded to the public record.

Divorce mediation allows you and your spouse to negotiate your divorce, including everything from property division to child custody. You and your spouse, along with the mediator and your attorneys, can develop a parenting plan that covers physical custody, legal custody, and child support. It’s also possible to negotiate spousal support and maintenance if necessary and draft a property division agreement that, while not exactly 50/50, may suit the divorcing spouses better than an equitable distribution ruling handed down from a judge.

Find Your Attorney Today

Alternative dispute resolution for your divorce can allow you to reach a divorce settlement much faster and easier than you might expect. At the Law Offices of Robert Tsigler, PLLC, our divorce attorneys encourage all of the divorce clients we represent to consider their options for alternative dispute resolution so they can reach satisfactory results and move on with their lives as quickly as possible. If you are bracing for divorce in NYC and need legal counsel, contact the Law Offices of Robert Tsigler, PLLC today to learn more about your alternative dispute resolution options.

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