Divorce Mediation Professionals is one of the oldest firms in the metropolitan New York area devoted to helping couples address and successfully resolve the problems they face as a result of their decision to separate or divorce. Divorce Mediation Professionals has a proven track record of success in literally thousands of instances. As a team of four divorce mediators, it is our practice to consult with one another and work together between sessions, so that our clients benefit from our varied experiences and diverse backgrounds. Learn more about our team:
Why Choose Us?
There are many divorce mediators practicing in your area. Why would you choose Divorce Mediation Professionals?
- You will be employing one of the oldest and most respected divorce mediation practices in the New York metropolitan area.
- You will be working with experienced professionals who have assisted literally thousands of couples mediate their divorce.
- You will receive a complete service, one that includes the legal work as well as the mediation, thereby avoiding the need to employ someone else to prepare your ultimate agreement or to secure your divorce.
- You will have the benefit of the combined experience of our diverse team of five mediators, with varied background and experience, who work closely together and consult between meetings in each case.
- You will be employing professionals who are full time divorce mediators, not someone who only does mediation “on the side”, on a part time basis.
- You will be able to meet at your convenience, either in the morning, afternoon or evening in one of our four offices.
- You will come away with the assurance that you have been left with a complete agreement, and that there is nothing of importance that was overlooked or not included.
- You will work with professionals who will help shelter your children from the potentially damaging effects of your divorce.
Lenard Marlow, JD, Retired
Lenard Marlow, recently retired, was a practicing attorney for over fifty years. A fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a graduate of Columbia law school, he worked exclusively in the field of family law for over forty-five years. As a pioneer in the field of divorce mediation, he is the founder of Divorce Mediation Professionals, one of the oldest and largest divorce mediation facilities in the United States. Lenard has trained all of the mediators at Divorce Mediation Professionals.
Past president of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation, and a respected leader in the field, he has lectured extensively on the subject, both in the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe and South America, where he has conducted numerous trainings and workshops.
Lenard is the author of six books and numerous articles on the subject of divorce mediation and continues to write and research in his retirement.
Education: Colgate University, B.A.; Columbia University School of Law, J.D.
Barbara Badolato, CSW
Barbara Badolato is a certified social worker and holds a master degree from Adelphi University, School of Social Work. In working with couples in divorce mediation for more than 30 years, she has had a great deal of experience working with the emotional aspects and financial concerns of couples going through a separation and divorce.
As a well respected member of the mental health profession, she is active in the training and continuing education of other mediators in the field. She has made numerous presentations at programs and conferences sponsored by The New York State Council on Divorce Mediation, the Academy of Family Mediators and the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York. She has also lectured on the subject of divorce mediation at law schools and universities in the New York area, including St. John’s University School of Law and Adelphi University’s School of Social Work. Barbara has been affiliated with Stony Brook University School of Social Work as a field instructor.
A certified yoga instructor, Barbara teaches yoga to children and adults at the Family Center for Autism, based in Garden City, N.Y.
Education: Adelphi University, School of Social Work, MSW
Maren Cardillo Elbaum, JD
Maren Cardillo Elbaum, Legal Director, has been practicing for more than a decade exclusively as an attorney-mediator at Divorce Mediation Professionals. She received training in divorce mediation at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City. Maren dedicates her entire practice to assisting couples in finding constructive resolutions for all of the issues pertaining to their separation and divorce and provides all related legal services, including drafting agreements and qualified domestic relations orders.
Maren holds a B.A. in history from Northwestern University and received her law degree from Fordham University School of Law, where she was a member of the Corporate and Financial Law Journal and participated in the Conflict Resolution and Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. Maren regularly pursues advanced training and course work in family law and mediation and is currently an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the National Association for Conflict Resolution. Maren is also an Accredited Member of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation. Maren was selected as a “New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Star” in the area of family law for 2014.
Education: Northwestern University, B.A.; Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
Jane Lubowitz Rosenstadt, JD
Jane Lubowitz Rosenstadt, having practiced as a trial attorney for most of her legal career, now dedicates herself entirely to the practice of divorce mediation. Throughout her career, Jane has been devoted to helping families and children. Before entering the field of divorce mediation, Jane was the Deputy Bureau Chief of the Sex Crimes/Special Victims’ Bureau of the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. She received training in divorce mediation at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City and is skilled in helping couples navigate the challenges that arise as a result of their separation and divorce. As an attorney-mediator, Jane assists couples in resolving these issues constructively through mediation and provides all related legal services.
Jane holds a B.A. in Social Theory from Harvard University and earned her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she was an editor of the Law Review.
Jane regularly pursues advanced training and course work in family law and mediation and is currently a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, and the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation.
Education: Harvard University, B.A.; University of Pennsylvania School of Law, J.D.
Helise Harrington, JD
Helise Harrington, JD, spent over 20 years negotiating business agreements for companies ranging in size from multi-national corporations to family businesses. For six years she was Diversity Partner for an AmLaw 100 law firm where she mediated conflicts in the workplace and coached attorneys and staff in a multitude of areas.
Helise currently practices as a family and divorce mediator and conflict resolution coach. She trained with the Center for Understanding in Conflict, the Ackerman Institute for the Family, the Westchester and Rockland Mediation Centers of CLUSTER, INC., NYSDRA, the Dispute Resolution Section of the NYS Bar Association, the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals and the Coach Training Alliance.
Helise received a J.D. from New York University of Law, an M.A. in African History from Columbia University and a B.A. with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, from Stanford University.
She is a member of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation, Pace University’s Moderate Means Divorce Panel, NYSDRA, the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association and the Westchester Women’s Bar Association and the Academy of Professional Family Mediators. She is a longtime volunteer facilitator with the Bereavement Center, the Pace Women’s Justice Center and the Westchester and Rockland Mediation Centers of Cluster.