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New York, NY 10007
Description of Practice
As your mediator for every kind of family law issue, I will help you and your partner identify and resolve all areas of disagreement, giving you complete control over the timing and manner of the agreement you reach. During mediation, I will work with you to enhance your communications, to brainstorm ideas, to keep you forward looking, and once you have reached an agreement, I will write it down so that it meets the exacting legal standard required in New York. Divorce mediation is only one area of my practice. I also work with couples before marriage, to craft a prenuptial agreement that embodies the ideals a particular couple agrees to bring to marriage. I work with divorced (or never married) parents who are having conflict regarding parenting issues and/or support. I can get involved at any stage of conflict and have successfully guided high conflict cases to a peaceful resolution. Mediation works when both of you want to make it work.
Attorney, admitted to practice in New York 1979 Private practice, limited to family law, since 1995 Public interest employment, 1978-1995
I have mediated extensively since my initial training in 2008. I average 20 cases per year, most of them divorce mediation, but also including post-divorce, pre-nuptial, appellate, and unspecified family conflict.
J.D. New York University School of Law 1978 B.A. Grinnell College 1975
|2008||Ackerman Institute||Divorce Mediation 40 hours|
|2016||Peace Institute||Basic Mediation 40 hours|
Mediation requires going towards the conflict rather than trying to contain it. Although I have developed written materials which help identify the legal issues that need resolution in a particular case, I always encourage each party to speak about matters that concern them so that we can address what lies behind a specific legal position and find a genuine solution that both parties can accept. As a certified attorney for children in the New York court system, I am especially attuned to conflict around parenting issues and I have ample experience with high-conflict cases.
I charge by the hour for all time spent in mediation. There is a flat fee to prepare a written agreement.
I can be retained as the reviewing attorney for agreements reached in mediation with another mediator. I can be retained subsequent to a mediated agreement to file an uncontested divorce.
Areas of Practice
- Adult Family
- Divorce (all issues)
- Divorce (parenting)
- Parenting Coordinator
- Mediating Lawyer
- Online Mediator