Traditional divorce litigation tends to pit one divorce attorney and their client against the other, which just drives up the expense, the time involved and causes a great deal of stress and pain within the family. It doesn’t have to be this way.
LONG ISLAND, NY (PRWEB) July 22, 2013
Frustrated with seeing families torn apart, and their finances depleted by the time-consuming, expensive and adversarial divorce litigation process, two successful Long Island, NY divorce attorneys recently created a firm to take the expense, time, and combative nature of divorce out of getting divorced in Nassau County and Suffolk County in New York and are supporting this with a new website: http://smarterdivorcelongisland.com/.
The attorneys, Robert E. Hornberger, Esq. and Patricia Gillard, Esq., formed The Smarter Divorce to help Long Island, NY couples legally divorce through an innovative, low-stress, low-cost and speedy solution known as Divorce Mediation. Divorce Mediation resolves a couple’s divorce challenges through a proven process resulting in a better quality of life for both spouses and their children. The comprehensive solution puts control of the divorce process in the couple’s hands rather than the court’s or expensive lawyers, enabling the couple to define the terms of their divorce and save time, money and stress of their divorce.
“We were working day-in-and-day-out with couples whose divorces should have been simple,” Patricia Gillard said. “They both wanted to end their marriage, they got along and they agreed on most aspects of their divorce. Unfortunately, because traditional divorce litigation is an adversarial process, it tends to pit one divorce attorney and their client against the other, which just drives up the expense, the time involved and causes a great deal of stress and pain within the family. It doesn’t have to be this way.”
“Divorce litigation is often very destructive to the ongoing relationships and communication of the family,” Robert E. Hornberger agreed. “In many cases, particularly if they have children together, the divorcing spouses are going to be in each other’s lives for a long time to come. It’s better for them, and their children, if they can keep the lines of communication open between them. Divorce Mediation, the way we practice it, enables this.”
Divorce Litigation requires both spouses to hire separate attorneys, who then “fight” against each other to get as much as for they can for their client at the expense of the other. Each lawyer’s objective is to “win” for their client at any cost. They have no motivation to be concerned with their opponent’s well-being or how the family will communicate when the dust clears. This process is adversarial and does not encourage honest, open communication between spouses and can be especially devastating for the couple’s children.
Divorce Mediation is a very different approach to ending your marriage than the common approach of Divorce Litigation. While Divorce Litigation is an adversarial process that pits one spouse against the other, Divorce Mediation is a cooperative process that enables the spouses to work together to resolve the practical matters involved in their separation so that they can each move forward with their lives with no regrets. For more information on the differences between Divorce Mediation and Divorce Litigation, visit: http://smarterdivorcelongisland.com/divorce-mediation-versus-divorce-litigation/
Divorce Mediation Services
The mediation process itself, which typically involves one or more sessions in the comfort and privacy of the firm’s offices in Melville, NY (convenient to Nassau and Western Suffolk County) or East Moriches, NY (convenient to Eastern Suffolk County) during which a mediator guides the couple through an in-depth discussion of all relevant divorce or separation issues, including:
- Parenting Plans
- Property Distribution
- Child Support and Maintenance
- Preparation of the resulting Settlement Agreement
- Preparation of the New York State Uncontested Divorce (or Separation) Packet, including the final proposed Judgment of Divorce or Separation
- Submission of the Uncontested Divorce (or Separation) Packet as well as the Settlement Agreement to the Court
- Delivery of a certified copy of the final Judgment of Divorce (or Separation) to the parties
- Oversight of the drafting, execution and recording of any required deeds (to transfer real property)
- Oversight of the drafting, preapproval and submission of any required domestic relations orders (to distribute pensions or retirement accounts)
The cost of these comprehensive mediation services at The Smarter Divorce are usually a small fraction of the cost of other forms of divorce, particularly litigation. The Smarter Divorce provides mediation for a fixed fee as long as the couple can reach a resolution within a defined number of sessions. The Smarter Divorce offers interested couples a complimentary free consultation to discuss their case and learn if Divorce Mediation is the right solution for their divorce. The mediation process itself, which typically involves one or more sessions in the comfort and privacy of the firm’s offices in Melville, NY (convenient to Nassau and Western Suffolk County; call 631-498-4910) or East Moriches, NY (convenient to Eastern Suffolk County; call 631-878-6405) during which a mediator guides the couple through an in-depth discussion of all relevant divorce or separation issues.At this meeting, the couple will meet and get to know one of the firm’s experienced, compassionate mediators who will answer their questions about mediation and help determine if it’s right for them.
About The Smarter Divorce
The Smarter Divorce is a full service Divorce Mediation resource for Long Island couples and families looking to divorce or separate without the high financial and emotional expense of litigation. The firm’s experienced and practicing divorce attorneys are specially trained in alternative dispute resolution techniques to help couples in Nassau County and Suffolk County legally separate or divorce utilizing Divorce Mediation or Collaborative Divorce to reduce the time, stress and expense of a litigated divorce. The firm has two locations to serve residents of Nassau County and Suffolk County on Long Island, NY:
- Melville, NY (convenient to Nassau and Western Suffolk County): call 631-498-4910
- East Moriches, NY (convenient to Eastern Suffolk County): call 631-878-6405
The firm’s 50-plus page (and growing) website, http://smarterdivorcelongisland.com, offers a wealth of information on current divorce, divorce mediation and collaborative divorce issues. The site is updated weekly with new information for Long Island couples considering divorce in Nassau County or Suffolk County.