More and more, divorce lawyers of New York are studying and incorporating the process of Mediation into their practices. However, without the proper training and commitment, Mediation may not be as effective as it can be. Lisa S. Fine, Esq., Attorney and Mediator has been established for several years, and Ms. Fine has had hundreds of successful outcomes through her firm commitment to the Mediation process. The divorce lawyers in New York who merely apply some of the basic principals of Mediation, such as settlement meetings, but still utilize the threat of litigation, forensics, Judges and law guardians are not truly mediating the case. Mediation Is Best only if the Mediator is a qualified professional trained and experienced in conflict resolution, as is the case with Lisa S. Fine, Esq., Attorney and Mediator.
Divorce and Divorce Lawyers
Divorce has now become quite common in the United States, and especially in New York. The dockets are so overcrowded with divorce actions that even an uncontested divorce can take months for a Judge to sign. Each matrimonial part in Suffolk and Nassau County has hundreds of cases, and the calendars can take all day to go through, just for a conference. Add to that the number of motions pending before each Judge, some of them more than four inches thick, and it is easy to see why a divorce can take years until it is resolved in the court system. Often times, divorce lawyers will have several cases on at the same time and be running from courtroom to courtroom until their case is heard that day. Clients are left waiting around the hallway until their lawyer returns, only to find out that their spouse’s attorney is in a different courtroom. It can sometimes take hours of waiting around just for a five minute conference. Parties lose time from work, are never even seen themselves by the judge, and, adding insult to injury, are billed for the entire time each of their attorneys was present in the courthouse, even if they were not actually in with the Judge for that time. Tens of thousands of dollars are paid these divorce lawyers, but only some of that time was spent actively engaged in the case. Many times clients complain that they do not get any information from their attorneys, and feel quite unsettled as to what is actually going on in their case.
Advantages of Hiring New York Divorce Attorney Lisa S. Fine, Esq., Attorney and Mediator
Lisa S. Fine, Esq., Attorney and Mediator’s conviction that Mediation Is Best for avoiding that type of waste and frustration is grounded in the belief that participants should only be paying for time actually spent on their matter. Rather than paying someone to wait around a courtroom, participants in Mediation are paying for time spent with the Mediator, or when the Mediator is spent actively engaged in drafting their agreement. Because there are no court appearances, there is no waiting around. As the meetings are spent with both participants and the Mediator together in the room, participants are able to ask questions and gather information about their matter, and are constantly updated about what is happening with their situation.
Services offered by Lisa S. Fine, Esq., Attorney and Mediator
Mediation Is Best for all conflict resolution. This includes negotiating prenuptial agreements, all aspects of divorce or separation, and even post judgment issues. Post judgment issues are issues that can arise sometimes years after the divorce is final. All of our participants are encouraged to return for mediation if there is a breakdown in communications at any stage, including after the divorce. Our goal is to keep participants out of court always, not just during the divorce process. Our Mediator-attorney, besides specializing in divorce and family law also has a general law background and encourages participants to “think outside of the box” in reaching agreements. Our services include prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements or “opt out” agreements, separation agreements, settlement agreements and uncontested divorce, family conflict resolution, post judgment conflict resolution, including renegotiation of previous settlement or separation agreements.