New York Mediator Addresses Domestic Violence
Mediation is often the best approach for couples who are ending a relationship, especially if they have shared children. Mediation can allow couples to reach consensus outside of an adversarial process, which reduces costs associated with divorce or separation and which makes the process of resolving family law matters less stressful.
Mediation also results in better outcomes in most circumstances, because the couple can come to a compromise rather than having a judge impose orders on them related to custody and division of property.
However, while mediation is often the most appropriate method of dispute resolution when couples are ending relationships, mediation can be difficult under certain circumstances. This is particularly true when couples have a history of domestic violence.
Mediation is not impossible in cases where there is a history of domestic violence and it can still be the best way for a couple to address points of disagreement related to separation, divorce, or child custody issues. However, it is imperative that couples work with the right mediator who has experience handling mediations where domestic violence is an issue.
Simon Kabzan can help. As an experienced New York family law mediator, Simon Kabzan has helped to mediate many disputes in which domestic violence had been a past problem.
Contact an understanding and knowledgeable mediator who is experienced with handling clients who have a history of domestic violence in their relationship, you can get the benefits of mediation even in complicated cases.
Mediation and Domestic Violence
Mediation is typically preferred to litigation when family law issues arise for many different reasons. Benefits of mediation include:
- A collaborative process: Mediation involves working together, whereas litigation makes parties to a dispute adversaries. When a couple needs to co-parent together after a divorce or wants to reduce the stress and the strife of a divorce, mediation can be preferable. Because the couple works together to find an agreement that works for everyone, the process is less tense and better outcomes are often reached.
- A personalized process: Judges apply generic laws to divorce proceedings, separations, or custody cases. Judges cannot know a family as well as those who are in that family and judges do not have the same understanding as parents of what will be best for children. Parents and couples are often able to reach agreements on division of property and custody that result in better outcomes for everyone.
- A quicker and more cost-effective process: Because you can resolve issues outside of the court, you save both money and time.
However, since mediation requires cooperation on the part of the parties involved in the mediation process, a history of domestic violence can make mediation more challenging and can create risks for the victim that the outcome will end up unfavorable, as the victim may be intimidated into agreeing to something just to resolve the conflict and move the divorce forward.
When you get help from Simon Kabzan with mediation, you can benefit from mediation even with these risks because you will have a skilled, experienced mediator guiding the discussion in a neutral way that is fair and appropriate for both parties to the mediation.
An experienced divorce attorney can also provide guidance to those involved in the divorce or custody process to ensure that your rights are respected and that any agreement you reach is reasonable in light of what you would likely be entitled to under New York law.
There is no reason that you cannot make mediation work in order to get the best outcomes for yourself and your children as long as you get the right help with the process.
Because NY Divorce Firm can connect you with both a skilled, licensed, compassionate mediator as well as experienced and knowledgeable divorce lawyers, you can rest assured you will be able to get your case resolved through either mediation or litigation – whichever is the most appropriate approach for you.
Getting Help from a NYC Family Law Mediator
Do not let a history of domestic violence stand in the way of mediation if mediation is the right approach for drafting a divorce settlement agreement, negotiating on the issue of custody, or otherwise addressing your family law issues. The experienced New York divorce and family law mediator Simon Kabzan can provide you with compassionate and knowledgeable mediation services so you can maximize the chances of coming to the right agreement that works well for your family.
Simon Kabzan has an understanding of how to effectively mediate family law issues when there is a history of domestic violence, which ensures that the mediation process will go as smoothly as possible and provide the best chance of a positive outcome.
To find out more about how mediation can work for your situation, give us a call today.