Divorce Mediation Professionals: Manhattan Office

Divorce Mediators Serving New York City – Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens

Our Manhattan office is located at 745 Fifth Avenue, Suite 500, New York, NY. It’s easily accessible by public transportation. For more information on directions, read below.

Manhattan Office Contact Information

Divorce Mediation Professionals
Address: 745 5th Avenue, Suite 500, New York, NY 10151

Phone: (212) 490-0992

Parking:

There is no parking at the office. However, there are numerous paid parking lots nearby or you can take public transportation: 2 Blocks from N, R and Q Trains, 24/7 Building Security.

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Friday, by appointment in the day and evening.

Key Staff Members at This Location:

Maren Cardillo Elbaum and Barbara Badolato

Contact Us

We Offer Free Consultations Both Virtually and In-Person

Call (212) 490-0992 or fill out the form below to schedule your FREE consultation.

What is Divorce Mediation?

divorce mediation services Manhattan, NYCDivorce Mediation is a collaborative process facilitated by a neutral third party, known as a divorce mediator, to help couples navigate the complexities of divorce in New York City. Unlike divorce litigation, which often involves courtroom battles and adversarial legal proceedings, divorce mediation focuses on open communication, mutual understanding, and reaching agreements amicably and in private. It provides a non-adversarial and cost-effective alternative, allowing couples to maintain control over their decisions and outcomes- rather than delegate those decisions to a judge.

What stage can mediation be used during divorce? Divorce mediation can be used at any stage of the divorce process, whether it’s at the initial stages of considering separation or during the negotiation of terms such as custody, asset division, and spousal and child support. Not every couple is “amicable” and many disagree on a lot of issues- however  to the couple is still able to successfully conclude an agreement in mediation. That is because a divorce mediator plays a crucial role in facilitating productive discussions, helping couples identify common goals, providing information, and guiding them towards mutually beneficial solutions. A mediator’s impartial perspective and first-hand expertise in conflict resolution is invaluable in achieving fair and sustainable agreements with an environment of collaboration and cooperation.

In Manhattan, the divorce mediators at Divorce Mediation Professionals are committed to providing compassionate support and guidance to couples seeking a peaceful resolution outside of court. Contact us today to schedule your FREE consultation. Please call (212) 490-0992 or get in touch online.

What Issues Can A Manhattan Divorce Mediator Help Resolve

Divorce mediation is a collaborative process aimed at fostering fair and mutually agreeable resolutions for couples. Here’s an overview of a few of the key areas addressed:

  1. Parenting and Custody Arrangements

Crafting parenting plans involves determining legal and residential custody, devising schedules, delineating decision-making responsibilities, and establishing communication protocols for children’s upbringing. This encompasses defining parental roles, devising effective co-parenting strategies, and prioritizing children’s well-being during and after divorce.

  1. Maintenance and Child Support Obligations

Financial support decisions may encompass child support, maintenance (spousal support), or both, depending on the circumstances. Child support involves determining the financial contribution each parent will make towards the care and upbringing of their children, considering factors such as income, expenses, and the child’s needs. Spousal maintenance involves defining one spouse’s financial assistance to the other post-divorce, considering earning capacity, the duration of the marriage, and financial interdependence. We provide insights into the application of New York State Child Support and Maintenance Guidelines, empowering parties to make informed decisions tailored to their circumstances.

  1. Distribution of Assets and Liabilities

Asset division entails equitably allocating marital property and debts accrued during marriage. This encompasses real estate, vehicles, bank accounts, retirement funds such as pensions or 401(k) plans, businesses, investments, personal belongings, mortgages, loans, and credit card balances. The objective is to achieve a fair distribution, considering contributions to the marriage, financial needs, and future prospects. The mediator facilitates comprehension of financial responsibilities and aids in negotiating a division that’s equitable and manageable for both parties.

  1. Insurance Considerations

Health insurance is a crucial consideration during the mediation, especially when children are involved. Our mediators guide couples through discussions on how medical insurance coverage will be maintained post-divorce, addressing concerns such as coverage options, premiums, and out-of-pocket expenses. We facilitate open communication to explore various solutions that prioritize the well-being of all family members. Life insurance policies often serve as financial protection for both spouses and their dependents. Our mediators facilitate discussions on how life insurance policies will be managed post-divorce, addressing issues such as beneficiary designations, policy ownership, and premium payments. We guide couples through exploring options that provide adequate coverage while considering each party’s financial circumstances and future needs.

By collaboratively addressing these issues and others in divorce mediation, couples can tailor solutions to their unique circumstances, steering clear of the adversarial and costly nature of litigation.

The Benefits of Divorce Mediation

Manhattan divorce mediatorsDivorce mediation has many advantages, making it the more sensible choice for couples seeking a more streamlined approach to ending their marriage. Primarily, mediation offers a cost-efficient substitute to conventional litigation, sparing couples the protracted courtroom battles and exorbitant legal expenses. Its streamlined process involves engaging with a single impartial professional, dedicated to helping couples resolve pertinent issues collaboratively.

Moreover, mediation fosters transparent communication and cooperation, affording couples control over outcomes while collaboratively seeking mutually acceptable resolutions. This approach also mitigates adversarial dynamics, diminishing conflicts and preserving relationships, especially important in cases involving children where continued co-parenting will be necessary.

Furthermore, mediation typically expedites the process compared to litigation, facilitating a swifter transition into post-divorce life. Ultimately, divorce mediation in Manhattan empowers couples to tailor agreements to their distinct needs, facilitating a smoother journey into their next phase of life.

For experienced and knowledgeable representation in mediation, contact our divorce mediators in Manhattan for an initial consultation. Contact us online here or call us at (212) 490-0992.

Why Choose Divorce Mediation Professionals in Manhattan

At Divorce Mediation Professionals, we pride ourselves on being the top choice for couples seeking a compassionate and efficient resolution to their divorce. Here’s why we stand out:

  • Experienced, Compassionate Team: With over 40 years of experience, our team comprises highly skilled professionals dedicated to divorce mediation. Having assisted thousands of couples across Manhattan over many decades, we understand the emotional journey our clients undertake and provide unwavering support every step of the way.
  • Focus on Fair Agreements: Our commitment lies in facilitating fair and equitable solutions that address the needs of both spouses. Through fostering open communication and collaboration, we ensure that agreements reached are mutually beneficial.
  • Streamlined Process: Our mediation process offers a faster, less stressful alternative to traditional litigation. From start to finish, we guide couples through mediation and provide neutral legal services. Our clients work with a neutral attorney who formalizes their agreement and handles the uncontested divorce process on their behalf, prioritizing efficiency.
  • Comprehensive Legal Support: Beyond mediation, we offer additional legal services in New York City to effectuate agreements, including preparing and filing deeds and drafting qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs) for retirement asset division. We have extensive experience with preparing and filing QDROs for participants in the most common plans, including the New York State Pension and Local Retirement System, the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System, the NYC Teachers’ Retirement System, TIAA-CREF, the Electrical Industry, the NYC Police and Fire Pension Fund and other defined contribution plans, among many others private industry plans.
  • Cost-Effective Alternative: Our approach provides a cost-effective alternative to lengthy and expensive court battles. By choosing mediation, our clients save on legal fees and other expenses associated with traditional divorce proceedings.

Choosing Divorce Mediation Professionals means partnering with trusted and experienced Manhattan divorce mediators committed to guiding you through the divorce process with compassion, expertise, and efficiency. We’re here to support you during this challenging time and offer a better, more sensible way to navigate divorce. We serve Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn in New York City.

Our Divorce Mediation Process in New York City

Step-by-Step Divorce Mediation Process:

  1. Initial Free Consultation: The first step in the divorce mediation process is for both spouses to meet together with one of our divorce mediators for a free initial consultation. This meeting can be in person at one of our office locations or by Zoom. During this meeting, we’ll explain our mediation process and answer any questions you may have. We will also explain our fee structure and give you an estimate of timing and costs based on your unique circumstances. We will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about Divorce Mediation Professionals, how we propose to help you and the procedures that we will employ for that purpose, and how this differs from what you will experience if you turn to adversarial divorce proceedings. Most important, it will enable you to meet with the mediator with whom you will be working to see if you feel comfortable with her.
  2. Gathering Information: Prior to our mediation sessions, it is helpful to gather necessary financial documents, including income statements, tax returns, bank statements, and asset/liability information. You can also, compile any relevant documentation related to children, such as school schedules, healthcare information, and extracurricular activities.
  3. Mediation Sessions: The next step is to schedule mediation sessions at a mutually convenient time for both parties. Each mediation session typically lasts about 1.5 hours, during which the mediator facilitates discussions and negotiations between you and your spouse. The mediator guides discussions on various topics, encouraging open communication and problem-solving. The mediator provides you with information and helps brainstorm potential solutions to reach agreements that are fair and mutually acceptable. The mediation sessions continue until all issues- such as custody and parenting schedules, support obligations, and distribution of all assets and liabilities- are resolved. Most couples are able to resolve all issues in about 3-5 sessions, depending on the complexity of the issues involved
  4. Drafting the Agreement: Once agreements are reached on all issues, a neutral attorney-mediator drafts a comprehensive agreement outlining all terms agreed upon during the mediation sessions. The couple will meet with the attorney-mediator to review the proposed draft page by page, paragraph by paragraph to ensure accuracy and clarity. Some couples may retain separate independent attorneys to review their agreement if desired, though this is not required and up to the individuals.
  5. Filing for Divorce: Upon concluding the agreement, a couple can remain legally separated or can proceed to terminate their marriage by getting a divorce. If both wish to do this, Divorce Mediation Professionals will prepare and process all of the papers through the court system necessary for them to obtain an uncontested, no-fault divorce. We can also help process other documents such as deeds or qualified domestic relations order.

What to Expect in Manhattan Divorce Mediation:

  • A neutral mediator facilitates discussions in a non-adversarial cooperative setting, providing information and offering helpul suggestions for compromise.
  • Guidance is provided through discussion of all issues to ensure a complete and comprehensive divorce settlement.
  • Open communication and collaboration between spouses to reach agreements is promoted.
  • We focus on finding solutions that are fair and beneficial for both parties.
  • Flexibility to address specific concerns and customize agreements to meet individual needs and goals.
  • Confidentiality and privacy is maintained throughout the mediation process.

How to Prepare for NYC Divorce Mediation:

  • Gather relevant financial documents and information.
  • Consider your goals and priorities for the mediation process.
  • Reflect on key issues, concerns, and potential solutions.
  • Approach mediation with an open mind and willingness to compromise.
  • Maintain respectful communication and cooperation with your spouse.
  • Seek support from professionals throughout the process, such as attorneys or therapists, if needed.

Contact one of our experienced divorce mediators in Manhattan to discuss your case. We offer FREE consultations and mediation services both virtually and in-person. Please call (212) 490-0992 or contact us online.

Manhattan Client Testimonials and Success Stories

Our clients’ experiences with Divorce Mediation Professionals speak volumes about our dedication to compassionate and effective mediation services.

“Working with Maren Cardillo and her team was a breeze. They handled the mediation process with such care and empathy. I highly recommend them if you’re seeking a smooth divorce mediation.” – Anonymous Former Client

Our clients consistently emphasize our team’s kindness, compassion, and expertise. Another satisfied client shares, “The attorneys and staff at Divorce Mediation Professionals exceeded all my expectations. They are knowledgeable, trustworthy, and ethical. I couldn’t recommend them more highly.”

Working with a couple in Manhattan, we recently facilitated a successful parenting plan that left both parents feeling empowered and satisfied with their time-sharing arrangement. This has enabled them to better co-parent effectively post-divorce. Additionally, we mediated a complex financial settlement for a couple who lived in Manhattan and owned property outside of the city. This required navigating multiple real estate investments and intricate financial assets and connecting our clients to the right professionals to assist them with making informed decisions. Our focus on equitable division without costly litigation ensures our clients achieve fair outcomes while being fully informed.

At Divorce Mediation Professionals, our priority is achieving positive outcomes for our clients, and we are proud to share their success stories. If you have any questions or would like to schedule your initial consultation, feel free to call us at (212) 490-0992.

About Our Divorce Mediation Experience in New York City

Situated in the vibrant heart of New York City, our office serves a diverse community in one of the most populous and dynamic areas in the country. With a diverse population of over 8 million residents, New York City experiences a significant number of divorces annually. Some notable landmarks near our office include Central Park, Grand Army Plaza, the Empire State Building and the famous retailer Bergdorf Goodman.

Over the years, our experienced team has handled numerous cases in this bustling city, achieving a high rate of successful outcomes. The demand for mediation services in New Yok City, which encompasses nearby boroughs such as Brooklyn and Queens, has steadily increased, highlighting the growing recognition of mediation as a preferred method for resolving marital disputes. We collaborate with local courts in New York County, Kings County and Queens County to ensure seamless access to our services. Our office is conveniently located within easy reach of major transportation hubs. Whether you live or work in New York City or its surrounding areas, our dedicated team is here to guide you through your divorce journey with compassion and expertise.

Directions to Our Manhattan Office: To reach our office at 745 Fifth Avenue, Suite 500, New York, NY, via public transportation, follow these directions:

  1. Subway: Take the N, Q, R, or W train to the 5th Avenue / 59th Street station. From there, walk south on 5th Avenue for approximately two blocks. Our office will be on your right, located between 57th and 58th Streets.
  2. Bus: Various bus routes serve the area near our office. Depending on your location, you can take buses such as the M1, M2, M3, M4, or M5 to 5th Avenue and 59th Street. Once you arrive, walk south on 5th Avenue for about two blocks, and you’ll find our office on the right side of the street.
  3. Train: If you’re arriving by train, Grand Central Terminal is a major transportation hub in the city. From there, you can transfer to the subway lines mentioned above or catch a taxi or ride-sharing service for the remaining distance to our office.
  4. Walking: If you’re in the vicinity, walking may be a convenient option. Simply head towards 5th Avenue between 57th and 58th Streets, and you’ll find our office located on the east side of the street. Bergdorf Goodman is on the ground floor of our building.

For further assistance or detailed directions from your specific location, feel free to contact our office. You can call us at (212) 490-0992 or get in touch online.

FAQs about Divorce Mediation in New York, NY

During the first working mediation session, the main focus is on gathering and reviewing financial details, including completing necessary disclosure forms. Before delving into substantive matters, such as parenting, asset division and support, it is crucial that both parties fully disclose their income, assets, and debts. We ensure that everyone has access to this essential financial information in order to make informed decisions in future sessions. Without this transparency, meaningful discussions about the financial aspects of the divorce are impossible. Your mediator will facilitate smooth communication between you and your spouse, fostering a respectful and constructive dialogue.

Yes, both spouses are encouraged to attend the consultation together in person or by Zoom. This fosters open communication and collaboration between the spouses from the outset, setting a positive tone for the mediation process. Our goal is to create a supportive and inclusive environment where both spouses feel heard and respected as they work towards reaching mutually beneficial agreements.

If one spouse is unwilling to compromise during mediation, our experienced mediators will employ various strategies to encourage cooperation and facilitate productive dialogue.  For example, we will offer different options for comparison; present ideas of how other couples in similar circumstances have compromised; or explain what the range of possible outcomes might be if you were to go to court.  Sometimes, it may be helpful for each spouse to consult with independent attorneys to get a sense of what their best alternative is to a negotiated settlement. While compromise is key to successful mediation, our mediators are trained to handle challenging situations with sensitivity and skill, working diligently to find creative solutions that meet both parties’ needs and concerns.

Depending on the county where the divorce is filed, it typically takes about 4-6 months before the divorce is granted by the judge.

Divorce mediation is recommended in situations where couples are willing to engage in open communication and collaboration to reach agreements amicably. We understand that not every couple is “amicable” and that is certainly not required for divorce mediation to be successful. Divorce mediation is suitable for couples who prioritize maintaining control over the divorce process and desire a more responsible, cost-effective and efficient alternative to traditional litigation. Additionally, mediation is beneficial when there is a desire to preserve relationships, particularly when children are involved, as it promotes a less adversarial approach. However, mediation may not be recommended in cases where there is a history of domestic violence or unwillingness to be transparent or negotiate in good faith.

One of the benefits of mediation is that you stay in control of the process – and you are free to terminate it at any time. If the mediation is not going in a direction you are comfortable with – for example, one party is not being transparent – you can simply end it. Our priority is to provide you with the support and guidance you need, and we will do our best to help you stay out of court and reach a mutually satisfactory agreement. But if that is not possible, you can walk away at any time and commence litigation with the assistance of your own independent attorney. However, your mediator, having acted as a neutral, cannot represent you or your spouse in any contested matter.

Yes, you can involve other professionals like accountants, appraisers, financial neutrals, or child specialists in the mediation process. Their expertise can provide invaluable insight and guidance, particularly in determining values of assets in complex financial matters or providing support in unique child custody matters. Our mediators are experienced in coordinating with other professionals to ensure comprehensive and tailored solutions that address all aspects of your divorce proceedings.

Yes, you can absolutely mediate even if you have already commenced divorce litigation. Many couples facing the frustrations of prolonged litigation, where progress seems slow and costs accumulate, opt to transition to mediation. At this juncture, couples often approach the process with more realistic expectations and a greater willingness to compromise. Transitioning from litigation to mediation has many advantages, such as decreased conflict, significant cost savings, and faster resolution. Our experienced mediators are adept at helping couples navigate this transition smoothly, fostering a more collaborative and cost-effective approach to resolving disputes.

In New York, the duration of divorce mediation varies based on individual circumstances. Typically, mediation involves several sessions spread out over a few months. Most couples we work with at Divorce Mediation Professionals will get to the point where it is possible for their attorney-mediator to prepare the initial draft of their agreement after three to five sessions. The number of sessions ultimately required depends on the complexity of the issues and the level of cooperation between the spouses. While some cases may only need a few sessions to reach agreements, others may require more time and multiple sessions.

In divorce mediation, it’s essential to communicate respectfully and constructively to achieve a successful outcome. Avoiding certain phrases or behaviors can help maintain a positive atmosphere and facilitate productive discussions. It’s crucial not to engage in blaming or criticizing your spouse during mediation sessions, as this can escalate conflict and hinder progress. Additionally, refrain from making threats or ultimatums, as they can create tension and impede cooperation. Instead, focus on expressing your concerns and interests calmly and clearly, while also listening attentively to your spouse’s perspective. By doing your best to maintain a respectful and cooperative approach, you can work together with your mediator to find mutually beneficial solutions and navigate the divorce process with greater ease.

Divorce mediation offers a cost-effective alternative to traditional adversarial legal proceedings, which can be exorbitantly expensive. While litigated divorces often result in each spouse spending tens of thousands of dollars, mediation typically costs only a small fraction of that amount.  Plus, there are no retainers to pay upfront, unlike with divorce lawyers who often charge retainers equal to or greater than the entire cost of a mediated divorce. With mediation, there are fees for both spouses, not two. The cost of mediation is usually determined by the time it takes to reach an agreement and the complexity of the issues involved. During the initial free consultation, your Manhattan divorce mediator will assess the complexity of your situation and provide an estimate of the cost accordingly.

Most couples discuss this during the mediation sessions and many agree to pay for the mediation from their joint assets.

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