Family Mediation NYC: Simon Kabzan Settles Most Complex Family Law Cases
Family law issues can be some of the most difficult cases to resolve in court. While disputes in business typically involve only money, disputes in family law affect your family relationships and your emotions– which means it can be hard to be rational and the stakes are much higher.
Litigation is often the worst way to resolve family law issues because it pits former partners against each other and often forces two parents with shared children into the most adversarial possible relationship. When you and a soon-to-be ex spouse or former partner go up against each other in court, it can poison whatever is left of your relationship, add to your stress during a divorce or separation, and put your children in a difficult position.
The good news is, there is an alternative: mediation. Mediation can be a far better way to resolve family law issues that makes the process of addressing disputes easier, that saves costs, that encourages cooperation, and that results in better outcomes.
NY family law mediator Simon Kabzan is here and ready to help. When you need a compassionate, knowledgeable licensed mediator to help guide you through the most effective possible resolution of family issues, you can reach out for the support you need.
Give us a call today to find out more about how mediation with a skilled, licensed mediator can help make resolving your family law issues easier than you imagined.
When is Mediation a Good Solution for Family Law Issues?
Mediation can be the best way to resolve a wide variety of family law issues including:
- Divorces: A mediator can help divorcing couples to address issues related to property, spousal support, and division of child custody.
- Separations: If you and your partner are separating and you need to work out issues during a separation, such as who will be responsible for bills and how children will be shared, mediation can be the best way to resolve your issues.
- Child custody cases: When you have shared children being raised outside of the nuclear family environment, working with a mediator to agree on a parenting plan can be best for both you and the children.
- Child custody modifications: When you have an existing custody arrangement that is no longer working for your family, working with a mediator to find a better alternative can help you to improve circumstances for both parents and children.
- Relocating with children: When one parent needs to move after a couple has separated or divorced, this can create difficult issues in connection with child custody. Mediation may be the best approach to take to resolving those issues.
- Spousal support issues: If you have disagreements over spousal support, either during a divorce or if support needs to be modified, you may be able to work with a mediator to determine the best way to resolve the conflict.
- Grandparent visitation issues: When grandparents petition for visitation for children, this contentious family issue may best be resolved through the arbitration process.
There may also be other family law issues that can be effectively addressed in arbitration as well. You should reach out to a New York family law mediator to find out if mediation may be the right approach to take in your particular situation.
What are Some of the Benefits of Mediation for Family Law?
Choosing mediation for family law, as opposed to litigating the issues that have arisen, can have significant benefits. Some of the many advantages of mediation include the following:
- An agreement is reached only if there is compromise: Both parties must consent to an agreement that is reached in mediation. If you go to court, a judge simply makes a decision that you must live with, and you lose the right to have final say over whether the agreement is actually agreeable.
- Those involved in family disputes know their situation best: You and your ex partner or other family members involved in the disagreement are in the best position to know how it should be resolved. You know what property is important to you, for example, or what routine would work best for your children. As a result, you’re better able to create a plan that actually works for your family compared with a judge who just applies standard law.
- Mediation can be less costly: When you avoid litigating on family law issues, you can often keep costs down. This is especially true if you and your partner are committed to compromise and willing to work effectively with the mediator to reach an agreement in a timely manner.
- Mediation can allow you to avoid a courtroom dispute: Going to court is really stressful and many people are uncomfortable with the process of presenting evidence and testifying before a judge. You can avoid this process and instead work with a mediator who simply helps to facilitate communication.
- Mediation is cooperative, not adversarial: If you are going to have to maintain some type of relationship after your dispute is resolved, which is almost always the case when two people separate who share children or when grandparents fight for visitation, you want to ensure you maintain the best possible relationship. While your relationship is obviously fraught already if you’re separating or divorcing, litigation is likely to just make things worse because you’re fighting against each other. With mediation, you are working together to compromise so you don’t cause more acrimony.
These are just some of the many key benefits of family law mediation compared with litigation. You should strongly consider mediation if it is possible for you to come to a consensus with the person who you are involved in a disagreement with about family law matters.
However, if the other person is absolutely unwilling to compromise, mediation may not be a viable approach because it requires cooperation from those involved.
How Does Mediation Work for Family Law?
When you mediate family law issues, a skilled, licensed New York mediator leads you in an open discussion. A mediator doesn’t tell you what you must do, or impose requirements upon you, and mediators don’t have authority like judges do to subpoena information or to hold anyone in contempt if they do not provide it. Instead, mediators help you to talk more openly and more effectively so you can express your preferences and get to the heart of your disagreement.
As your mediator helps you to communicate clearly, identify areas for compromise, and work towards finding a solution, you hopefully develop a framework to resolve your disagreement or address your family law issues. The process is voluntary, and the mediator will not tell you what to do or make suggestions on how you should resolve your issues or impose a resolution on you.
Instead, the mediator will guide you towards solving your own conflict through compromise.
If you are able to come to a consensus, that consensus can resolve your issues and the agreement you reach can be given legal effect. For example, if you have come to an agreement on the issues in divorce, you can get an uncontested divorce and the agreement you reach can become the divorce settlement that determines how property is divided and whether alimony must be paid.
If you cannot come to an agreement, then you will need to litigate on the issues that brought you to the mediator. Mediators do not issue binding rulings as a judge does, and either party can walk away from the mediation process at any time. This is why it is so important to be committed to making mediation work before you start the process.
With a skilled, licensed mediator, you should be able to successfully come to a decision that addresses your issues, works for your family, and allows you to avoid the stress of litigation. Just make sure both parties to the disagreement are on board and that you have found an experienced mediator who you are comfortable with.
Contacting a New York Mediator for Family Law
Simon Kabzan can make a big difference in how effectively you are able to resolve family law issues through compromise and consensus. Most people who are separating, divorcing, or involved in serious family law disputes have inherent difficulties in communicating with each other. This means even if both parties want to compromise, they will need a skilled mediator to lead them through the discussions necessary to reach agreement.
Fortunately, you have found the right place to find a skilled, compassionate New York family law mediator who can maximize your chances of reaching an agreement.
Simon Kabzan has extensive experience with mediation in the field of family law and can provide the help and support that you need to work together to resolve any legal issues affecting your family. To find out more about the assistance a skilled family law mediator can offer to you, give us a call today.