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Carly D. Brown, Esq.
Family law mediation services for residents of Buffalo Northtowns and Surrounding Areas

Mediation Works If Both Parties Are Willing Participants

As a board-certified mediator and family law attorney in the state of New York, I believe that mediation can be one of the most effective tools for solving family law issues. It works because it allows couples to create truly individualized agreements that incorporate precisely what each couple has agreed upon.

Through mediation, a couple can still get an amicable divorce and have their issues addressed. This is just like the traditional divorce process. The conclusion is the same, but the actual mediation process is unique. The mediation process can save you significant time and money, and both parties tend to feel heard.

Issues I Can Help You Mediate

I have nearly 10 years of legal experience successfully helping couples reach agreements on issues that they face. Some problems that are traditionally discussed and dealt with include:

  • Child custody, visitation and parenting plans
  • Division and equitable distribution of property
  • Discussions of all assets and liabilities, such as debts
  • Child support and spousal maintenance or alimony arrangements
  • Retirement accounts and taxes

Is Mediation Right For You?

A majority of families and couples find fair conclusions to their problems and divorce smoothly through mediation.

However, if one party is not willing to participate and cannot accept meditation, I will recommend litigation for you. Alternatively, if there is a severe power imbalance and one person cannot speak for themselves, I will suggest they get a legal advocate to help them go through mediation. You deserve to have someone fight for your rights and best interests.

What To Expect

From start to finish, you can expect the mediation process to work as follows:

  1. I will meet with both parties or spouses together and help guide you through all the decisions that need to be made.
  2. We will all discuss a functional plan to take you from living together to living apart.
  3. I will guide you through the relevant New York laws and ensure you understand what needs to be accomplished.
  4. I offer a memorandum of understanding – this states that you are a willing party entering a specific and agreed-upon set of actions.
  5. I can process the divorce agreement that outlines everything you have agreed to so it is spelled out for the judge.

After most mediation processes, the agreement (traditionally called a property settlement and separation agreement) is created. This document addresses all the specific decisions you reached as a couple during our conversations. This separation agreement is drafted by an attorney and can be filed along with no-fault, uncontested divorce paperwork if you desire one.

As your mediator, my skills as an attorney allow me to help my clients make decisions in accordance with New York law to help you prepare a legally binding agreement and avoid the extremely high costs of litigation.

Generally, this process is accomplished by meeting four to five times for about an hour. I believe that meeting for longer than an hour and a half at a time is emotionally exhausting. I understand just how taxing these discussions are for you, and I offer a compassionate approach and counseling options to help you through it.

Save Time And Money With Mediation

My job is to guide your decision-making process so that both parties agree by the end of the sessions. I will help you create a legally binding document or a document that outlines all of your decisions/agreements in a way that would allow it to be spelled out for a judge.

Instead of each party paying for his or her own individual lawyer, paying retainers and racking up fees, you pay just one mediator for the time spent working through the issues at hand. This can save you thousands of dollars and weeks spent fighting through issues.

To learn more about my family law mediation practice located in Williamsville, New York, call 716-288-8165 or use the online form to set up a free consultation. I serve all of Erie County as well as surrounding counties of Niagara and Genesee and offer flexible appointments after hours and on weekends.

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