New York Collaborative Law And Mediation

Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods

The law office of Goldschmidt & Genovese, LLP, offers quality representation and flexible legal solutions to clients throughout Westchester County and surrounding areas of New York.

Founding partners Sylvia Goldschmidt and Donna M. Genovese and the firm's experienced team of professionals are known for strength in litigation, but clients also often benefit from pursuing New York collaborative law and alternative dispute resolution methods as well. When appropriate, these flexible solutions are pursued in issues of divorce and family law.

By choosing dispute resolution options through collaborative law (sometimes known as collaborative divorce or collaborative practice) or mediation, you can work through the important aspects of your life and reach agreements that are customized to your family's needs.

What Is The Difference Between Collaborative Law And Divorce Mediation?

Both collaborative law and mediation can provide efficient, cost-effective and far more personalized agreements in family law and divorce, but each method involves a unique legal process:

  • Collaborative Law: Each party in collaborative law proceedings has independent representation from his or her attorney. The clients, rather than lawyers, are the driving forces behind every decision. Lawyers serve as facilitators for reaching a solution with a focus on the prioritized interests of his or her client. This differs from negotiations in litigation, which are more focused on legal positioning.
  • Mediation: In contrast to collaborative law, mediation generally involves only one facilitator between the two parties. This mediator does not act as an attorney for either party. Each individual may or may not have outside consulting counsel during the process, but in every case it is advisable to have an independent lawyer review any agreements made through mediation.

While your relationship with your spouse may be contentious, it can still be best to work cooperatively to achieve your goals. The experienced attorneys of Goldschmidt & Genovese, LLP, are here to answer your questions and help you determine whether alternative dispute resolution or litigation is appropriate in your case.

For More Information

Contact Goldschmidt & Genovese, LLP, online or by telephone at 800-406-2275 to schedule an appointment.

For client convenience, the firm also offers off-site appointments outside of Westchester County as necessary.